The drop off and pickup zones along with the best practices from the school are outlined in materials delivered to parents at the start of the school year.
With a week of dropping off and picking up behind us, we need to start firming up good driving habits.
If we don't develop good habits the consequences are unpleasant to think about.
Drivers please keep in mind that your actions affect the rest of the driving environment.
When drivers make good choices the driving community benefits.
1) Our sidewalks adjacent to the school are clear of cars.
2) Our pedestrians are generally keeping to the sidewalks. There are a few exceptions each day. The probability of pedestrian injury must go way up as adults and students wade through the traffic. There should never be a first in this category of injury.
3) Vehicles have been adhering to no waiting at double yellow lines. The intersection of Kong Sin Wan and Information Crescent has been clear of parked/waiting vehicles.
4) Our new No Right Turn leaving Kong Sin Wan is working well when resources monitor the intersection and some form of crosswalk control is provided so vehicles can get out going left. As less monitoring occurs, the number of drivers choosing to turn right increases.
5) The Cyberport 1 layaway could be used more than it is for drop off in the morning.
6) Until CCAs begin and afterschool pick-up is spread over the three dismissal times, leaving school will be very challenging.
7) A considerable number of vehicles are electing to drop off their students at or just west of the new Crosswalk on the north side of Information Crescent.
This has become an informal drop-off spot in the morning. By informal we mean that the school has not designated this area as a drop-off spot.
8) Vehicles exiting the Cyberport Car park encounter significant delays for a period of time after pickup.
Please Note These Take Aways for Drivers:
The school driveways on Kong Sin Wan Road are not to be used for waiting (even during quiet times) or turning around when things are busy.
The school driveways and adjacent street should be kept clear so that school buses may enter and exit the campus and in case first responder vehicles need urgent access to the campus to attend to your child or someone else.
The Cyberport 1 layaway can be better used.
- At peak drop-off times vehicles should not wait at the layaway for parents to complete morning goodbyes and walk over.
- At peak pick-up times vehicles should pull in only after passengers are at the layaway.
- Vehicles should pull as far forward as possible into the layaway.
- Those waiting to be picked up should wait as far forward in the layaway as possible. This allows the maximum number of cars to be picked up.
The morning drop-off driving community would benefit if more vehicles dropped at the Cyberport 1 layaway and less turned right from Information Crescent onto Kong Sin Wan.
- Students accompanied or not must make it across the new (west) crosswalk on Information Crescent.
- Some of our familes may not feel comfortable doing so and would rather drop off on Kong Sin Wan in front of the school. -
- We would encourage those who wish to use the drop off on Kong Sin Wan in front of school to approach from the roundabout and take a left into Kong Sin Wan.
A right turn from Information Crescent into the Cyberport 1 layaway is not legal.
- Obstructing traffic crossing over the oncoming traffic lane interferes with a large flow of vehicles exiting west.
- Waiting to turn, delays those behind the turning vehicle.
When Kong Sin Wan becomes full of cars "a parking lot", drivers should refrain from waiting to turn down Kong Sin Wan from either direction. Instead they should proceed "as if" the street is closed and make alternative arrangements.
- With the start of CCAs on Monday August 29th, some of the pick-up vehicle volume should be shifted to later times.
- That said, CCA buses will need to get in and out of Kong Sin Wan Road. They can't do that with 'a parking lot" of cars on Kong Sin Wan.
The "Choke of Gridlock (CoG)" can occur at pick-up if traffic is pinched to a stanstill or if vehicles leaving from the roundabout or stoplight block each other. Do your part to avoid the "CoG".
- Vehicles coming from the traffic light must leave adequate space for vehicles coming the other way. This includes space for the full sized school buses.
- Vehicles waiting in the direction of the roundabout and hotel need to leave adequate space for vehicles coming the other way.
- At peak times, vehicles exiting at the traffic light should give strong consideration to going left (southeast) and vehicles exiting the roundabout should give strong consideration to exiting right (northbound). This reduces the chances of gridlock.
As a courtesy to pedestrians, vehicles planning to drive through crosswalks should not enter the crosswalk space until they are certain that they can clear the crosswalk.
- For example, if several cars are turning right into Kong Sin Wan coming from the traffic signal, drivers should make a judgement whether they can proceed through the old crosswalk before driving through it. At peak times a stationary vehicle in the crosswalk is most unhelpful.
Please continue to use your turn signals as it helps everyone using and monitoring the street.
Let's Keep it Safe and Moving Out There.