The City of New Westminster is invested in active school travel. The City has implemented a number of plans and initiatives to improve the community’s streets and create a greener, safer, smarter city.
Master Transportation Plan (MTP)
The City plans to enhance the pedestrian network though improved and enhanced sidewalks, particularly those close to schools.
Official Community Plan (OCP)
The OCP promotes the development of accessible and attractive transportation options that will benefit personal safety, security, comfort, health, and well-being for those who walk, bike, and take transit in the community, having a direct benefit on school travel.
Metro-Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy
Aspiring to create a region more livable for the community today and in the future, the Metro-Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy focuses on fostering community well-being and economic prosperity through land development, environmental protection and sustainable transportation choices. A strategic approach to coordination of land use and transportation will encourage and attract increased school travel.
Healthier Community Partnership
The City of New Westminster’s Healthy Community Partnership Committee has developed a number of guidelines, including the Live 5-2-1-0 initiative, which encourages families to eat healthy and stay active. Walking or biking to school is an easy way to Live 5-2-1-0!
New Westminster’s School District No. 40 supports the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) framework, working to improve students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and organic manner. The framework informs students, parents and teachers of active and healthy options and includes a number of wellness programs for school and teachers to adopt in their classrooms.