Don’t rush Kids On The Go 

Programmer asks other drivers to respect vans

click to enlarge Calling all Motorists Be on the look out for Kids on the Go van ferrying local kids.
  • Calling all Motorists Be on the look out for Kids on the Go van ferrying local kids.

The Kids On The Go after school program is asking motorists to keep their eye out for the van and to be respectful after a number of incidents involving other drivers.

Kids On The Go has two white 15-passenger vans that travel to Spring Creek elementary school to pick kids up to bring back to Myrtle Philip Community Centre. Each van has up to 14 kids at any one time.

According to Julie Cummings, recreation programmer for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, drivers need to recognize the vans and drive accordingly.

“We get lots of tailgating because we follow the 60 km/h speed limit, and tailgating to the point where we can’t even see the vehicle behind us because they’re so close to the bumper,” she said. “People have tried to pass, people have honked a few times. In snowy weather we go even slower because we’re carrying kids, and the tailgating and passing is just brutal.

“People wouldn’t do that kind of thing around a school bus, but it’s almost the same thing. We always got the odd tailgater, but lately the drivers have noticed that it’s getting a lot worse.”

The vans are white and have the Resort Municipality of Whistler logo on the sides and back.

The vans leave Myrtle Philip at roughly 2:20 p.m. from Monday to Friday and come back from Spring Creek about 3:10 p.m. The programs run until 6 p.m.

During the summer, the programs run Monday to Friday and the vans can be on the highway at any time during the day.

Cummings is asking drivers to keep an eye out for municipal vans, especially with children on board, and to adjust their driving accordingly.

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