Teri Towner | Community Builder | Inspirational Speaker | Coquitlam City Councillor

Traffic Safety Around Schools

There is nothing more important than our children.

We need to make sure they are kept safe. With the growth of our community we are seeing more vehicles on our streets and unfortunately we are also seeing drivers who are often distracted or driving in an unsafe manner. There is more traffic around schools than before.

More children attend schools cross-catchment to participate in the wide variety of program options available to us in our School District 43 (SD43) education system. This has resulted in fewer kids walking to school, more kids being driven to school, which leads to more traffic around schools. Many of our older schools were built in the day when children walked and therefore very little parking is available. I’ve witnessed first-hand the mad scramble at drop-off and pick-up at numerous schools and some of the existing safety hazards that this type of situation creates.

Prior to being elected in 2014, I worked with schools to address traffic and pedestrian safety issues.  As an active executive member of the District PAC (DPAC43), I sat on the TriCities Traffic Safety Committee with representatives from SD43, each city and the RCMP.

Since being elected, I supported the School Traffic Safety Improvement program and the School Walkability program that the City of Coquitlam implemented. I also worked with HASTe BC (Hub for Active School Travel) and the Montgomery Middle School PAC and spearheaded having crosswalk flags installed on Mundy Road at two crosswalks.  These flags increase the visibility of the crosswalks dramatically and improve the safety for the kids who have to cross Mundy Rd. to get to school.  These crosswalk flags are the first to be installed at school in SD43 school. https://hastebc.org/.   I have since met with representatives from other schools who are starting the process of having these crosswalk flags installed near their children’s schools. 

A blog post from last December:  Crosswalk Flags – See & Be Seen (Dec 1, 2017)

Speaking to middle schoolers about safe, active routes to school

I also engaged with middle schoolers and spoke at a variety of assemblies, met with the “Cool Routes to School” and leadership groups promoting active transportation, Bike to School Week and being safe en route to school. 

The sooner all improvements to traffic and pedestrian safety around schools are realized, the better.