The Community Road & Education Safety Team works with Vancouver elementary schools, and community organizations and groups, to promote traffic safety for students and Vancouver citizens.
Officers provide educational presentations on pedestrian and bicycle safety, respond to driving complaints in the vicinity of elementary schools, support the school safety patrol program, and work cooperatively with ICBC, the Vancouver School Board, and the City of Vancouver, to maintain and improve traffic safety.
School Safety Patrol Program – In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, CREST members help train, monitor, and support this student-based program that assists thousands of students and adults to safely cross intersections on their way to and from school every day
Pedestrian Safety Talks – Presentations to elementary school students, seniors, and community groups on how to safely cross our busy streets
Bicycle Safety Talks – The basics of bicycle safety and how to enjoy cycling in a safe and fun way
Back to School Campaign – As Vancouver students return to school each year in September, the team assists in organizing a media event and educational campaign to remind the public of the increase of pedestrians around schools and crossing streets
Graduated Licensing Program – Members speak with Grade 10 students in Vancouver Secondary schools about the responsibilities of having a driver’s license
Enforcement and Safety Upgrades – The team responds to driving complaints around schools with targeted enforcement strategies; they also work with the City of Vancouver to identify safety issues with infrastructure and suggest changes and improvements
Two Strikes You’re Out Campaign – Throughout the year, members organize an education and enforcement campaign with community policing centres and schools to promote safety in and around parks, playgrounds, and other high pedestrian areas