September 2014 Newsletter
Hello Ward 14,
Repetition can be a powerful memorization tool, so let me apologize in advance for repeating some topics from last month—they warrant memorization.
Ward 14 Communities BBQ
My Ward 14 Communities BBQ is on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Southcentre Mall parking lot (south side, near Sears). Why? There are two big reasons: to support the community associations that volunteer their time to make Ward 14 better, and to showcase some of the most interesting things that the City and its partners are doing.
On this occasion—and only this occasion—you will get a community association membership for free. You’ll get a free burger, and there will also be great door prizes and giveaways for anyone who attends.
The Calgary Zoo will be there for the kids. The kids at heart will enjoy the vehicles the police bring with them, and get to “kick the tires” of a fire engine. You might even find a doctor through the South Calgary Primary Care Network.
So join me on Saturday, September 13, and don’t forget to bring something for the Calgary Food Bank! You can find more information at www.calgary.ca/ward14/events
Did you know? A pedestrian’s chance of surviving a collision increases from 20% to 90% when vehicle speed is reduced from 50 km/h to 30 km/h.
These statistics can vary depending on where and when you are measuring, but the point is the same: Slower is safer. This not only applies when it comes to damage caused by collision, but to the prevention of collisions as well. The time lost by slowing from 50 km/h to 30 km/h over a 100 m distance is just under 5 seconds.
The City and Province have changed the effective times of playground and school zones in this city. As of the beginning of this month, the new rules are being enforced. Both playground and school zones now begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. Playground zones are enforced year round, and school zones only on school days. Some school zones may also be transitioned to playground zones in the coming years, based on need.
This is a great step toward increased safety on Calgary’s residential streets, and based on my dialogue with you over the past four years, traffic safety is a very high priority for the people of Ward 14.
If you have questions about the BBQ or concerns about anything else, please feel free to contact me. If you would like to receive occasional email updates from me, please fill out the Contact Ward 14 form
See you at the BBQ
- Councillor Peter Demong