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.
There are 180 school zones and 1510 playground zones in the city. Crews have been busy all month changing the times on almost 5,000 signs around Calgary.
Why the change?
Changing school and playground zone hours to one consistent time was a proactive measure to improve pedestrian safety.
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.
Through these discussions, we heard the following:
- The “one hour after sunset” end time for playground zones was too open-ended. End times would vary from as early as 5 p.m. in winter, and as late as 11 p.m. in summer.
- The unspecified end time made it difficult for drivers to consistently follow the rules.
- Schools are regularly used in the evenings for extracurricular activities, such as community sports – the old times did not take after-hours use into account.
How does this impact your commute?
The new school and playground zone times will have a minimal impact on your travel time. Most school and playground zones are 100-200 metres long. Slowing down to 30km/h in these areas will add approximately 4-10 seconds to your commute, but can increase a pedestrians chance of survival by 70 per cent.
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