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City Council to review options for school and playground zones

For immediate release: November 2, 2021 - 8:02am

Year-round school zones and the introduction of playground zones with reduced speed limits were endorsed at City Council’s Standing Policy Committee on Transportation today. City Council will debate the merits of the recommended options for these zones and vote at its November 22 meeting. 

The recommendation would align the City’s school zone policy with national guidelines and implement other best practices for pedestrian safety, including: 

  1. New playground zones with reduced speed limit of 30 km/h; 

  1. Year-round lower speed limits in both school and playground zones 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  1. Adjustments to posted signs and length of current school zones; and  

  1. Removal of lower speed school zones from high schools, designating them a “school area” where U-turn are still restricted.  

There is no recommendation to develop a lower speed limit in areas with more seniors. Other measures such as traffic calming or pedestrian crossing devices will continue to be used to ensure pedestrian safety at important crossings near these facilities. 

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