A Playground Zone sign, which all School Zone signs will transition into.
Last week, the City announced that each of Calgary’s approximately 180 school zones would be transitioned to a playground zone. This is reflective of Council’s decision in July 2014 to establish consistency and avoid confusion in areas with reduced speed.
The most important outcome of school zones becoming playground zones is that you must now reduce your speed every day as opposed to just on school days. There is no longer any guessing about whether or not a school is in session and you must always reduce your speed.
It is also important to note that playground zones are in effect every day from 7:30am until 9pm. Prior to July 2014, playground and school zones had variable times, causing confusion.
It is essential for the safety of every parent and child that the rules of the road are obeyed, and you travel at a maximum 30km/h whenever you see a playground zone sign. According to Calgary’s Safer Mobility Plan, the reduced speed limit may add 4-10 seconds of travel time to your journey, but it increases the survival rate of pedestrians in the case of collision by up to 70%.
If you have safety concerns about cars speeding or driving recklessly in playground zones, the best way to let the City know is through a Traffic Service Request
. Let’s be patient, let’s be smart, and let’s be safe.
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