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School Zone Safety

School Zone Safety is important. As most have experienced, school zones can become overwhelming very quickly with distracted motorists trying to get to their destination, busses arriving and leaving, parents dropping off and picking up their children and students walking, biking, and skateboarding.


The Ottawa Safety Council runs several school zone safety programs that bring the community together and makes sure that Ottawa’s children get to and from school safely every day.


Crossing Guard allowing many kids to walk by

They stand guard in Ottawa’s intersections every morning and every afternoon when the school bells ring.  They are out there in 35-below temperatures, rain, snow, dust and heat.  They risk putting themselves in danger and deal with aggressive motorists.  They are the Adult Crossing Guards of the City of Ottawa!

two girls walking behind a walking school bus leader

Much like the big yellow school bus, a Walking School Bus is a safe form of “transportation” to school!  Students are chaperoned by an adult Leader and walk along a predesignated route to school, as people join them along the way!

The Ottawa Safety Council has been delivering exciting, fun, interactive and age-appropriate Children’s Pedestrian Safety Presentations since 2008 with overwhelmingly positive reviews! The City of Ottawa provides funding that allows us to deliver the program for free to students in schools all over the City.  User-groups outside of the schools are welcome to book presentation as well, for a reasonable fee.

young girl riding a bike safely

Since the early days of the Safety Village, Ottawa Safety Council Bike Rodeos have provided young cyclists the chance to learn safe riding skills, and rules of the road, through fun activities and/or demonstrations.  Bike safety is a core component of our programming for children, from kindergarten through grades 4.