Thursday, November 26, 2009

Speed Zones around Schools/Playgrounds

Do you think there should be reduced speed zones around schools or not? Mark next Wednesday on your calendar. Dec. 2 , 7 PM, Polish Hall, 10960- 104 Street. Come out and voice your opinion. Can't make the meeting? You can give feedback on line. (see letter for details) Hope to see you there!


Dear Stakeholder:

Subject: Stakeholder Consultations on School and Playground Zone Signage and Time Changes

Alberta Transportation is proposing to initiate changes to the Use of the Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation regarding School and Playground Zones. The proposed changes would standardize the start and end times for school and playground zones and increase safety across the province by providing consistency for motorists, parents and children.

As part of this work, Alberta Transportation will begin stakeholder consultations in November and December with parent school councils, school boards, municipalities and police forces. Attached is a schedule of the stakeholder consultation locations and dates.

The consultations will present the following proposed changes:
§ School zones on school days would be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation. Currently school zones have three start and end times on school days (8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
§ Playground zones on all days would be 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation. Playground zones are currently in effect daily from 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset.
§ Road authorities, including Alberta Transportation and municipalities, would adopt the national standards for signage of school and playground zones and areas in Alberta.
§ There are no proposed changes to the speed limit in school and playground zones. The speed limit will remain at 30 kilometres per hour.

Alberta Transportation has retained Opus International Consultants (Canada) Limited to coordinate the stakeholder consultation, providing a transparent, objective and independent analysis of the feedback received. The consultation session will begin with a formal presentation that will provide background information, including the goals of the proposed changes. Following the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

For those who cannot attend the presentation, or for those who wish to provide additional input, they are invited to provide feedback at trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca. Deadline for submissions will be December 11, 2009.

A copy of the final report detailing the results of the consultation feedback collected from the sessions and from submissions will be forwarded to you (or the parent body if that was the initiating source of our contact).


Sincerely,

Vince Paniak
Director, Driver Programs and Licensing Standards


SCHOOL/PLAYGROUND ZONE – STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION SCHEDULE
December 2
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Edmonton
Polish Hall
10960 – 104 Street



1 comment:

Libarbarian said...

Given that Edmonton got rid of reduced speed school zones in the 1970s why is the province asking Edmontonians about changes to provincial law about these? It seems like a classic waste of money to ask for the opinions of Edmontonians on changes to school zone legislation when we don't have them.