The School Street block is on AAA-rated Comox Greenway (suitable for All Ages & Abilities), an important route on the Vancouver cycling network.
However, at the times Comox Greenway needs to be the safest for elementary school-aged children travelling to and from school, Comox Greenway was the most dangerous before the School Street program commenced.
The CoV’s Transportation Design Guidelines: All Ages and Ability Cycling Routes specify that AAA-rated routes should have target motor vehicle volumes below 500 vehicles per day or 50 vehicles per hour, so that most people cycling will encounter less than one motor vehicle per block in the peak hour (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/design-guidelines-for-all-ages-and-abilities-cycling-routes.pdf).
In the case of schools this rating is impossible to achieve without the installation of infrastructure. Instead of the daily motor vehicle trips being evenly spread across the day, motor vehicle volumes are concentrated at dropoff and pickup times, with driving parents jostling to drop their children as close as possible to the school. On rainy days it is even worse, with more people choosing to drive.
We gratefully live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.