Last night, I met Cam and Debbie, long-time residents of Wildwood, and spoke with them for quite awhile about a variety of issues. They mentioned to me something I’ve heard from other residents in other Ward 9 neighbourhoods: “Why shouldn’t school zones be in effect year-round?”
It’s a good question. Other cities have done just that.
Last year, the City of Calgary changed all their school zones into playground zones, effectively extending school zone speed restrictions to 12-months a year. The traffic around Calgary’s schools are now restricted to 30km/hr between 07:30 and 21:00 every day of the year.
Schools are hubs for activities during the summer months, as well as during holidays. Many schools are home to day-cares and summer programs, and parks and playgrounds that keep them frequented by children all-year long.
Speed-restrictions are just one tool intended to improve the safety of these areas. Schools also utilize other traffic calming measures, such as speed humps and signage. Currently, the City of Saskatoon is running a pilot project at Silverspring School establishing specific drop-off and pick-up zones.
Saskatoon has had a somewhat brief exploration of the idea in the past.
Is this a good idea for Saskatoon, or parts of Saskatoon?
For more information, check out the City’s webpage on school zones: https://www.saskatoon.ca/moving-around/driving-roadways/safe-driving/school-zones