Taking transit (a bus, skytrain, seabus or light rail) can be a great way to get to school, the park or sports practice.
You may wish to plan your trip ahead of time using the Translink online Trip Planner or the B.C. Transit website. It can be fun and interesting to choose your route and study the schedule for your journey.
Remember that children need to review basic safety rules with a teacher or their parents before taking public transit alone.
Before your children take transit to a particular destination, go with them the first few times so that they are familiar with the route, the stops and they learn what is expected of them as transit-users.
Guidelines for transit safety
On the Bus
Wear something reflective and bright on rainy and dark days so bus drivers and other drivers can see you at the bus stop.
Ensure that your fare or bus pass is ready when you board the bus.
Sit near the bus driver. Remember that the first seats are for the elderly or those with physical disabilities.
Let the driver know in advance where your stop is; don't pull on the cord at the last moment.
Do not eat or drink on the bus.
Wait until the bus is fully stopped before standing up to exit.
Be courteous to the driver and other passengers.
If a stranger is asking too many questions, bullying you, or inviting you to get off the bus with him/her, tell the bus driver.
Do not tell anyone where you live, your telephone number or your full name.
If you get lost or miss your bus, wait at the bus stop and ask the bus driver in the next bus for help.
If buses are not frequent on your route and you miss your connection, phone home.
Cross the road at an intersection or marked crosswalk after the transit bus has left the stop. Unlike a school bus, you must never cross the road in front of a transit bus, the driver may not see you.
On the skytrain:
Ensure that your fare or bus pass is ready when you enter the station.
Study the transit map, and know which stop is the closest to your destination or your bus transfer location. Remember which stops occur just before this station, so you are prepared to exit at the right time.
In and around Skytrain stations, stay in well lit areas.
If you have any safety or security concerns, approach a transit police officer and let them know what is happening.