As we head back to school this month, we want to take a few moments to encourage you to choose active transportation to school or to support your child in walking to school independently. However, we know that driving is a reality for many families and that it’s important we ensure that driver behaviour is not putting our kids at risk.
We encourage you to ‘Drive to 5‘ – drive to within a five minute walking distance – and follow the safety rules of our neighbourhood (including the *new 30km/hr speed limit* on St. Andrews Ave.):
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Thanks to the advocacy of parents and residents in the area, in 2019/2020 we completed a Ridgeway School Zone Safety Review with the City of North Vancouver that included an online survey, in-person open house, and traffic monitoring throughout the neighbourhood. The result of this review is a new Action Plan for Ridgeway including:
- Phase 1 (2020 / early 2021) – More visible pedestrian crossings, diagonal diverters, expanding slow zones, street murals to draw attention to no stopping zones, curb bulges and pedestrian priority areas
- Phase 2 (2021 / 2022) – New speed bumps, raised crosswalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings on Keith Rd
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this process! We encourage you to review the photos for an idea of some of the improvements coming.