Another summer break is behind us, and the little tykes are heading back to school. In Ward 7, many families live close enough to their community schools for the kids to walk or cycle. No matter how they travel, all children will head to and from school during the busiest commute times. Please take extra care on our streets and always be on the look-out for people walking and cycling.
A Parent’s Dilemma:
1. Speeding traffic is cited as the biggest concern for parents who allow their kids to walk to school.
2. According to the Calgary Police Service, busy parents rushing their kids to school are the most common speeding and parking offenders.
3. Concerns about traffic hazards often lead more parents to drive their children to school, thereby increasing traffic hazards.
Attentive driving and slower speeds are critical to keeping our neighbourhoods safe. A small reduction in speed can make the difference between life and death. There is a 50/50 chance of surviving if a person walking is hit at 50 kilometres per hour, but at 30km/h the survival rate goes up to 95 per cent.
Earlier this year, City Council took the important step of aligning and expanding school and playground 30km/h zones from 7:30am to 9:00pm. This is just one step toward improving safety for everyone. If you are concerned with the speed of traffic in your neighbourhood, there are several steps you and your community association can take to improve the safety of all road users:
- Post an article in your community or school newsletter to reach many of the people who are driving school routes on a regular basis.
- Place “children at play” signs, sold at major toy stores, in the parking area of the street where children are active.
- Organize a “paint the pavement” street mural to remind drivers to be courteous and behave like guests in your neighbourhood.
If you are interested in pursuing traffic calming measures, or joining our regular email list, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org For information on other important topics, you can also visit druhfarrell.ca.
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