In the last five years, 65 injury collisions involving children aged 15 or younger have occurred in areas that would be covered by the Playground Zones; 20% of these injuries resulted in the need for the children to be hospitalized.
These are the most frequently asked questions around lower speed limits for school zones and playground zones. Find out why 30km/h will improve safety around areas where children learn and play.
In the last five years, 4 of the injury collisions in playground areas involving pedestrians 15 years and younger occurred between the hours of 8 and 9pm. This suggests that there are children who are using the playgrounds during the later hours.
In the last five years, 17% of the injury collisions in playground areas involving pedestrians 15 years and younger occurred in the months of November, December and January. This suggests that there are children who are using the playgrounds during the winter months.
The speed limit in playground zones is 30 km/h between 7:30am-9pm every day.
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.
395. This includes 152 stand-alone playgrounds and 243 playgrounds adjacent to schools.
Changes to Playground Zones
At the December 11, 2018, City Council meeting, Council approved the modifications of 26 of the original 407 playground zones. This included:
- Total removal of 12 playground zones
- Removal of 30 km/h speed limits on some roads surrounding playground zones
- Shortening or extending some playground zones
All proposed changes were completed by mid-January, 2019.
Playground zones are installed only on residential and collector roads, not arterial roads.
School zones are in place around schools with elementary and junior high school grades.
Playground zones are installed at schools on residential and collector roads, not arterial roads.
Any area where children frequent can be marked as a playground for the safety of the children, even if there is no playground equipment.
Young children are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related injury and death. They lack the cognitive ability to judge speeds and safe situations. By installing playground zones around elementary and junior high schools, we are able to protect the most vulnerable road users in Edmonton.
Motorists are required to slow down to 30 km/h from the start of the zone and stay at that rate of speed until after they have passed the sign which indicates the end of the 30 km/h zone.
Yes. Unfortunately, some drivers only obey the speed limit when there is the threat of enforcement. The Edmonton Police Service, along with the City’s Traffic Safety section, use a combination of manned and automated enforcement in 30 km/h zones.
- Playground zone signs are posted
- Then sites are assessed for possible enforcement
- Edmonton Police Service (EPS) reviews and approves the sites
- Sites are monitored (for up to a month) for compliance to the speed limit to determine if enforcement is required
- Automated enforcement begins
Note that EPS can enforce the 30 km/h speed limit from the moment the playground zone signs are posted.