You don't have to walk alone. If you feel unsafe getting from point A to Point B on campus after dark, our walking and driving teams can accompany you. Travel with a greater sense of security with Safewalk.
SAFEWALK SHUTTLE NAMING CONTEST
AMS Safewalk is a student-run safety service designed for anyone on the UBC campus who is traveling alone. Driving and walking teams are available to accompany individuals in need to their desired location after dusk. Safewalk prioritizes those who are vulnerable and feel unsafe traveling alone, allowing them to travel with a greater sense of security. The service is intended to give safe means of accompaniment when no other form is available.
To make use of Safewalk within operational hours you can:
- Call us at (604) 822-5355
- Use a UBC Blue Phone and ask for Safewalk
- Drop by our office – NEST 1314
You will be asked to give your location, desired destination, contact number, first name and your student number (if applicable).
We will send a team of two staff by car or foot to accompany you to your destination. Due to travel times and a high volume of calls, we may not be able to get to you immediately so please wait for us in a safe, well-lit place.
Please read the Safewalk Usage Policy to see the dos and don’ts of accessing this service.
Meet your Safe Walkers!
Hi my name is Ciaran! I’m currently in my 5th year of my undergrad in Political Science and International Relations. In my spare time I perform with the UBC Improv team, enjoy running through Pacific Spirit Park, and watching movies with friends.
Amir is a Ph.D student in the Department of Civil Engineering. Caring deeply about the UBC community, he joined the Safewalk team in 2019 to help improve the sense of safety on campus. When he is not accompanying clients he is probably playing chess in the office.
Hey! My name is Nadia and I’m a graduate student at UBC. I love hiking and biking, and on rainy days Catan is my favorite board game to play.
Hey! I’m Humleen and I’m a 2nd year Chemical Engineering student! I love hiking and the outdoors, which is why my hair is permanently a windswept mess.
Clichy is a third-year student studying Statistics and Data Science. He is the resident deejay at The Pit. He enjoys making music and coding.
Hey! My name is Elmira and I’m a graduate student at UBC. Besides school projects which involve studying walking and cycling behaviour, I enjoy reading books on psychology and human behaviour, and playing boardgames.My favorite book is a tie between “Talking to Strangers” and “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means so Much”.
COVID-19 Update - November, 2021
AMS Safewalk hours for the fall/winter term is 8pm – 2am.
We are fully operational, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic measures are still in place for everyone’s safety. Please keep this in mind when giving us a call.
1. Safewalk is currently operating with one team for most nights this term. We will be switching back to two teams in January of 2022. The team will either be using one of our new vehicles or traveling on foot.
2. Depending on usage, wait times can vary, so please keep this in mind when calling for assistance
3. If you aren’t comfortable being outside feel free to wait inside a building for the team to arrive. In order to limit unnecessary contact the team will not be entering any buildings.
4. All staff members and clients are required to wear a mask for the duration of a transfer
5. If you’re already in the Nest and require assistance, feel free to go directly to the Safewalk office on the first floor – room 1314 (next to Bluechip Cafe)
6. If you’re on campus and have no way of reaching us, you can give us a call using one of the blue phones
If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
If you need assistance after 2am we advise folks to contact UBC Security at 604-822-2222.
If you have any questions or concerns you can address them at the email above.
Wait time may vary from night to night. On busier nights wait times can be up to 45 minutes, but generally you’re looking at roughly 15 minutes.
Most likely, yes. Safewalk provides a safe means of travel for many people on campus, so we may be transporting more than one person at a time.
Due to the ongoing pandemic however, only one client will be receiving a transfer at a time.
Safewalk operates anywhere on the UBC Endowment lands, so we will go as far as Blanca street. Please keep in mind, that if you’re calling from further away, your wait time may be a bit longer just to accommodate for the time it takes to walk or drive to you.
All comments, reviews and inquiries can be sent directly to the Safewalk Coordinator (Safewalk@ams.ubc.ca) who will review them. We take client comments very seriously and will do our best to respond quickly and resolve the issue.
If you are feeling unsafe getting to a party and have no friends to go with you, we’re here for you. Please keep in mind though, that our drivers have the right to refuse service to anyone who is intoxicated and cannot consent to receiving a ride.
Safewalk aims to help whoever we can. However, employees reserve the right to deny anyone a walk if:
- They feel that the client is unable to care for themselves or consent to a trip on their own
- The employees or AMS property is at risk of harm
If your friend is unable to make the call themselves, then it’s clear that they are not in a position to consent on their own. In this case it’s very likely that they will be declined the walk.
Safewalk services must operate in a safe condition, and this instance could become a serious liability.
There is safety in numbers and Safewalk prioritizes people who are alone and the most vulnerable.
If you’re traveling with a group but will be splitting off at a certain point and you feel unsafe, then feel free to give us a call or ask our Dispatch to set up calling points with you. They will be more than happy to call every few minutes to check in so that we know you’re safe.
Other Safety Resources
If you need assistance outside Safewalk’s operational hours, you can call the following numbers.
- Emergency: 911
- Non-Emergency: 604-224-1322