30 km/h between 7:30am-9pm every day where playground zone signs are posted. Once the signs are up, the 30 km/hr speed limit is in effect.
Playground zone signs have been installed at 164 stand-alone playgrounds and all 243 schools zones have become playground zones for a total of 407 playground zones.
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
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.
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.