A new city council report that will be dealt with next week recommends adding 30km/h school zones in and around junior highs. It comes on the heels of a pilot project outside of elementary schools that saw speeds and collisions decrease.
“We see this as very promising,” Gerry Shimko told a news conference outside of Elizabeth Finch Elementary-Junior High School in north west Edmonton.
In the previous three years, Shimko reported that there were 50 injury collisions. Since the slower speed limit was brought in, “the numbers have dropped significantly so where we may have had twenty vulnerable road users injured before, we were down to two.”
Coun. Bev Esslinger is also thrilled with the numbers. “That’s a reduction of 41 per cent,” she told reporters. “That’s pretty exciting to see that we’re really making a change. Now we have about two pedestrians injured in school zones.”
“That’s still two, too many.”
Ninety of 112 schools surveyed say they’re happy with the new speed limit from its first year, the report said.
Esslinger said physical changes are being looked at as well, as ‘counter-measures’ like the installation of beacons on cross walks, and turning lanes being redesigned are being worked on.
“We continue to hear from parents in the community, ‘we have problems in the school zones. What are you going to do about it?’ Some of those counter measures are really helping so that we don’t have any injury of students.”
Esslinger said the schedule to convert stand alone junior highs will see 24 added once council approves, and another 24 a year from now.
You can read the report here at item 6.1