Extending the hours of 30km/h zones around schools protects children attending after-hour activities. In addition, having consistent start and end times for 30 km/h zones reduces driver confusion around what days and which hours reduced speed limits are in effect.
Longer 30 km/h Zones and Hours
Previous school zones may not have included the school’s playground area or sports fields, so the new 30 km/h playground zone signs may be posted to incorporate them.
30 km playground zones are from 7:30am to 9pm (7:30-21:00) everyday, not just school days. Extending the hours:
- Protects children attending after-hour activities at schools
- Reduces driver confusion around changing hours in different zones
- Creates consistent start and end times city-wide where our children play
School zones will be converted to playground zones starting when standalone playgrounds are complete. Converting them all over will take some time, depending on weather and other factors. City crews will start with schools where there is no change in the size of the zone, where all they need to do is swap out the signs. Then they will continue converting school zones into playground zones until completion.
As the conversion happens, some schools will be marked as playground zones while others will not have changed. Please watch the signs and obey the posted speed limit.
Long/Combined Playground Zones
Where only a short distance would exist between playground areas, playground zones will be combined for an extended playground zone that covers the entire stretch. This prevents possible driver confusion from speeding up and slowing down multiple times in a short distance.
An example is 144 Avenue where Kildare School, Father Leo Green Junior High and Londonderry Junior High are one after another. Creating a single 30 km/h zone makes sense.
In the evening or on a weekend when school zones wouldn’t be in effect, the longest playground zone (800 m) will add 48 seconds to a person’s travel time. The average playground (200 m) adds about 12 seconds.
Where and when possible, driver feedback signs will be installed in long 30 km/h zones.