Slowing down around playgrounds

The importance of playground zones for the safety of children

Councillor Bev Esslinger

May 15, 2018

There has been a lot of conversation lately about playground zones and the guidelines and rules around implementing playground zones. I wanted to take this opportunity to revisit why I have always supported playground zones and their importance for the safety of children.

 

The lower speed limit in playground zones (30km/h):

  • Increases livability of neighbourhoods;
  • Moves us towards Vision Zero, the City’s goal of zero traffic related fatalities and serious injuries; and
  • Protect vulnerable road users: children.

 

Since the implementation of playground zones has only recently been completed here in Edmonton, we can look to the City of Calgary for the impacts of implementing playground zones and changing school zones to playground zones. In 2017, the City of Calgary worked with the University of Calgary to conduct a before-and-after study to determine the impacts of combining school and playground zone signs and the times they are in effect. The results of the study indicate:

  • The average speed decreased from 36 km/h to 30 km/h.
  • The number of collisions involving pedestrians within school and playground zones decreased by 33 percent, with a 70 percent decrease between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • More than 80 percent of the respondents found it easier to remember the zone times with a single zone type that is consistent throughout the year.

 

To recap, playground zones lowered speeds, and lowered collisions, especially outside of regular school zone hours. This increased safety is the goal of playground zones and something I fully support.

 

So when you see the signs reminding you to slow to 30 km/hr from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, please remember why it’s important to slow down.

 

ATCO Projects 2018

ATCO has provided me with information on Projects happening in Ward 2 this year.

Spruce Avenue

  • Replacement of approximately 0.5km of steel main and 36 residential and commercial services in the community of Spruce Avenue between Princess Elizabeth Avenue and 114 Ave near 105/106 Street.
  • Work will be coordinate diwth City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Renewal

Proposed Construction time: 2 Months

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Inglewood

  • Replacement of approximately 3.3km of steel main and 211 residential services in the community of Inglewood between 114 and 118 Avenues and 127 Street and Groat Road.

Proposed Construction time: 3 Months

Campbell Road Park and Ride

  • Relocate 500m of 323 mm high pressure natural gas transmission pope and install a valve assembly.

Impacts:
– Construction noise during regular work hours
– Lane closures and reduced parking

More information can be found here

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