On Thursday May 7, 2015, as part of her Safe Streets Pledge, Councillor Carmichael Greb, with the support of her Council colleagues, passed a motion directing staff to explore ways to make school zones safer for children, parents and grandparents. The motion directs Transportation staff to consider the creation of “school safety zones”, which may include elements such as lower speed limits, increased enforcement, higher fines, improved pavement markings, flashing signage and/or a public awareness campaign, including all the required costs and any required legislative changes and to report back to the Public Works Committee.
- A number of measures may be considered to enhance school zone safety, including: bicycle lanes, painted lines, painted medians, physical traffic calming measures, road narrowing, increased enforcement and educational campaigns.
- Lowering the speed limits without consideration of the physical configuration of the road and how the road is being used may not result in the desired change in driving behaviour and driver awareness.
- New York City has created neighbourhood ‘Slow Zones’ where the speed limit is reduced, signage is installed announcing the presence of a Slow Zone and so are pavement markings and speed humps.
“We need a comprehensive strategy to enhance traffic safety in our school zones. My motion directs staff to look at all the tools available and propose best practices. In Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence, and across Toronto, parents are concerned about their children’s safety and many don’t allow them to walk or cycle to school. I want to change that. Children should be able to walk or cycle safely to school and enjoy all the benefits that come along with it. ”– Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb, Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence
City Council item PW3.3 and supporting materials: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.PW3.3
“City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee as part of the Road Safety Plan on the creation of “school safety zones”, which may include elements such as lower speed limits, increased enforcement, higher fines, improved pavement markings, flashing signage and/or a public awareness campaign, such report to include capital costs, annual operating costs, and legislative changes required to implement the creation of such zones.”
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Rob Krauss, Executive Assistant, Office of Councillor Carmichael Greb