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School Zones

30 km/h between 8am-4:30pm on school days where school zone times are posted.

The lower speed limit improves safety around elementary and junior high schools and protects children, our most vulnerable road users.

School zones will become playground zones.

Playground Zones

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

Vision Zero - Stopping Distances Chart

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

Yellow School Zone Sign - CautionThe 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.

School Zones are 30 km/h

For More Information

Parks and Roads Services

​16th Floor Edmonton Tower
10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

Telephone 311
Fax 780-495-0330

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