Last December, as part of HASTE’S Cool Routes to School program in New Westminster, students at FW Howay were out of classroom to help enforce vehicle speeds around their school. Equipped with a radar gun and a clipboard, students clocked and measure the speed of cars along Cumberland Street – at street where speeding is often a concern.
Students quickly learned that many drivers do not respect the 30 km/hr school zone limit and witnessed first hand the power of enforcement as cars quickly reduced their speeds upon seeing the orange and yellow vests and radar gun. Many students also commented on how big and noisy vehicles can be and that many of them contained only the one driver.
HASTE’s Cool Routes to School program uses a student leadership model that encourages student to become transportation champions at their school with the goal of increasing active and safe travel and reducing the use and reliance on vehicles. To find out more about Cool Routes to School, please contact Mike Smith, the program co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.