City Council has given first reading to a Traffic Bylaw amendment that would simplify the times of school and playground zones in Red Deer.
Currently there are school zones, playground zones, combination zones (school and playground on same site), and playground areas. The proposed change incorporates the combination zones into the playground zone category. This will result in two school zones, 86 playground zones and eight playground areas in Red Deer.
“The new playground zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” said Wayne Gustafson, Engineering Services Manager. “This will eliminate the confusion of multiple changes of speeds in the current combination zones”
The two school zones in the community will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days. The speed limit for both school and playground zones would remain 30 km/hr.
The amendment is being brought forward to ensure the time zones are easy for motorists to remember while maximizing public safety in those areas.
“One of the reasons we’re suggesting this change is to alleviate driver confusion when there are both school zones and playground zones in the same area,” said Gustafson. “We want to ensure that motorists know when and where to slow down and that they don’t have to read two signs to do that.”
The signage would be updated to reflect the changes including clear indicators of the time that the zones are in effect. As well, The City would remove 50 km/h signs at the end of each zone and replace them with “end school zone” and “end playground zone” signs.
A playground area is indicated by a yellow playground sign that alerts drivers that a playground is nearby and to be cautious of children in the area. A playground zone has a black and white 30 km/h sign attached to the yellow playground sign. The law requires a speed limit of 30 km/h in playground zones.
The amendment will go back to council on June 20, 2016 for consideration of second and final reading.
For more information, please contact:
Engineering Services Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer