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Ward 1 News: Changes to Playground and School Zone Times

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Re: School and Playground Zone Hours

In effect immediately, playground zone times are now 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, year round. School zones are in effect from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, only during school days. Calgary Police will enforce the new times on September 2, 2014.

The change will increase safety in areas that children frequent and also will eliminate confusion between the previously different start and end times for playground and school zones. A report given to committee suggests that in pedestrian collisions where a vehicle travels 50km/h, the victim has a 20 per cent chance of survival. Reduce the speed by 20 kilometers and the likelihood that one will survive jumps to 90 per cent.

I am aware that some residents feel that children are not present at schools or playgrounds in the late evening, particularly in the winter. I would like to note that schools are often rented out in the evenings for youth-related activities. As well, many outdoor rinks are used during the evening. Furthermore, setting straightforward and consistent playground and school zones hours will improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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