30 km/h between 7:30am-9pm every day where playground zone signs are posted.
Playground zone signs will be installed first at 178 stand-alone playgrounds with the goal of all 425 playgrounds and play areas marked by year end. This includes 195 playgrounds adjacent to schools, 36 playgrounds already included within existing school zones, and 16 new schools. Existing school zones will become playground zones by year end. Once the signs are up, the 30 km/hr speed limits are in effect.
Why Is It Important to Slow Down?
Stopping Distances - Ideal Conditions
When the roads are wet or icy, you need 5 extra meters at 30 km/h and 10 extra meters at 50 km/h in order to stop safely
Since the implementation of school zones, collisions in school zones have been reduced by 13%. Injuries and fatalities have been reduced by 42% and injuries to vulnerable road users has gone down by 71%.
Vulnerable Road Users
When children are struck by vehicles, their injuries often result in life threatening or permanent damage. The faster a vehicle is moving, the greater the impact and the more devastating the results.
Aged 5 to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related deaths
Aged 10 to 14 years have the highest incidence of pedestrian-related injuries
Have difficulty judging the speed and distance of cars
Believe if they can see a car, the driver can see them
Assume a car can stop instantly
Have a limited peripheral vision, and
Have a limited sense of danger
Approximate survival rate for pedestrians hit by a vehicle at:
30 km/h - 90% (9 of 10)
40 km/h - 60% (6 of 10)
50 km/h - 20% (2 of 10)
60 km/h - 2.5% (0 of 10)
A 30 km/hr impact is the equivalent of falling from a second story window (3.5 metres). A collision at 50 km/hr is like falling from a fourth floor window (9.8 metres).
Streets around schools are often very congested with parents dropping off their children, and the number and size of vehicles might mean you don’t see kids trying to cross the street.
Young children may dart out from in between vehicles unexpectedly, so use extra caution particularly during drop off and pick up times
Speed limits are strictly enforced by both the Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton
Injury Statistics on Traffic Injuries to Children
In the last five years, there have been 176 injury collisions involving children aged 15 years or younger on collector and local roadways (non-arterial).
37% (65) of those collisions occurred in areas that will be covered by the proposed playground zones (even though, playground zones would constitute only 7% of the entire collector and local road network)
20% of those injured in those 65 collisions required hospitalization
99% of the 65 injury collisions happened between 7:30am-9pm (the proposed hours of playground zones)
Caution, School in the Area
The yellow sign, commonly known as a school zone sign, is sometimes seen without the speed-limit posted below it. This sign means, "Caution, school in the area".
You will see these signs where schools are located on arterial roads and the 30 km/h speed limit does not apply. However, caution is advised.