Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's the message?

I am stymied by the dichotomy of the advice given by the city's traffic engineers and decision by council regarding signage and reduced speed limits in zones that may have children at risk. In today's SP (Mar. 16/11) the request to council for a policy providing for cautionary signs and reduced speed limits in areas flagged having children with disabilities was denied. Perhaps rightfully so. But it was the reasoning behind the decision that had me scratching my head.

In this article it states that the city report says "There is (no) evidence to indicate that installation of the signs have had any effect in improving pedestrian safety or driver awareness." "In fact, the city's traffic engineers say the signs can cause a false sense of security" and thus "create more danger." Further, the traffic planners say that signs don't reduce collisions. If that is the case, why do we have signage and reduced speed limits in school zones?

According to the article, Regina does have a policy for signage and reduced speed limits when requested, but the speed limits are advisory and are not enforceable.

Given this information, should our city now look at changing its school zone policy to mirror that of our sister city. - advisory but not enforceable?

I'm twisted on this one.


  1. So what they are really saying is that 30km/hr school zone signs have done nothing but create a bigger danger for school children due to a false security? Great news, let's scrap those 30 zones and return to normal, I know the majority of drivers will appreciate that.

    Just another example of the confusion and idiocy at City Hall. You get a different message depending on whom you speak to, no direction, no leadership, no accountability.

  2. My concern is if neighbourhoods are given too much discretion and start creating 30 km/hr zones in every place that might possibly be conceivable that a child may cross the road, as they did in Calgary. Most residential neighbourhoods slow to a crawl because of the excessive use of slow zones, including on main feeder routes. No wonder Calgary drivers speed like mad when they get on the freeway -- making up for lost time.


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