School and playground zones are an important part of keeping children safe on city streets. As of September 1, 2014, school and playground zone hours have been changed to one consistent time. Here are the facts.
The new hours
School and playground zone hours are now the same. Slow down to 30km/h during these times:
- Playground zones are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., all year around.
- School zones are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., on school days only.
Why the change?
The City talked to school boards, the Calgary Police Service, the Alberta Motor Association, and other municipalities in Alberta about changing school and playground zone times. The following items were consistently mentioned in the discussions:
- Schools are regularly used past 5 p.m., and well into the evening for community sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.
- The “one hour after sunset” end time for playground zones was not effective. Depending on the time of year, the end times could be as early as 5:30pm in winter, and as late as 11 pm in summer. The unspecified time made it difficult for drivers to follow the rules.
The new hours reflect the times that these areas are being used by children and other pedestrians, and provide drivers with consistent and specific times that can be easily remembered and enforced.
Travel time impacts
The impacts to travel times are minimal. Most school or playground zones are 100-200 metres long. Slowing down to 30km/h in these areas will only add 4-10 seconds to your commute.
Thanks for helping us keep Calgary safe!
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