Walk n Roll back to School

Dear UHill Parents,

See below for a nice message to the PAC from UBC’s Campus and Community Planning and the Old Barn Community Centre regarding sustainable transportation to school.

Another “Walk ‘n Roll” to school celebration week is currently being planned for the week of October 7 – 11. More information about that will come out later.

– Tim

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Jolly, Carole”
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:20 PM
Subject: Walk n Roll back to School

Dear Tim and Denise,

We hope that each of you is enjoying the wonderful summer. This past May, over 185 students and volunteers participated in our first ever Walk’n Roll to School Celebration Week, logging over 480 trips to school. Following this success, UTown@UBC and the UNA are starting off the school year with some safety and education initiatives to help get the UTown@UBC community walking and rolling back to school!

As part of an ongoing effort to promote safe and sustainable transportation within the campus community, the following initiatives will be in place in early September:

· RCMP Speed Watch: Speeders beware! RCMP will be out enforcing the posted speed limits, so slow down and drive safely!

· Crossing monitors will be stationed on 16th Avenue and Chancellor Boulevard during the first week of school to help students learn and practice safe crossing behaviour en route to school.

· Safety and education materials will be available at the UNA office, Old Barn Community Centre, and online at utown.ubc.ca/walknroll to help parents discuss safe walking and cycling behaviour with their children.

Look for more information on upcoming Walk’n Roll to School initiatives throughout the Fall.

Safety improvements continue to be implemented along W. 16th Avenue; when this project is complete, the following improvements will be in place:

•A new traffic-calming roundabout at East Mall and W. 16th Avenue;
•Pedestrian activated amber flashing lights and audible messaging at the mid-block crossing;

· Sidewalks and bike lanes between East Mall and Wesbrook Mall;

· Bus stops and shelters;

· Flashing orange lights and pedestrian crossing signs at the roundabouts;

· Enhanced lighting at the mid-block crossing and along the corridor.

For more information about safety improvements along W. 16th Avenue, please visit transportation.ubc.ca.

If you would like to help support Walk’n Roll to School safety and education initiatives this fall by becoming a volunteer, please contact Qiuning Wang at qwang@oldbarn.ca. Please feel free to share this information with parents at University Hill Elementary School and University Hill Secondary School, so that we may continue to work together towards encouraging active, sustainable transportation on campus.

We wish you a wonderful end of summer, and hope to see you and your children walking and rolling to school in the fall!


Carole Jolly


Carole Jolly, M.A, MCIP, RPP

Director, Transportation Planning

Campus + Community Planning

University of British Columbia

2260 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

Ph: 604 822 6674