The city is going to study the issue of lower speed zones around schools. Hopefully this will not be one of those 18 month long studies. As the news release points out, we're the only major Western Canadian city NOT to have them, so there are plenty of nearby places to look to for examples of how the zones work.
Last summer I posted about the need for reduced speed zones around schools and playgrounds. I pointed out not only North American examples but the"20's Plenty" campaign in the U.K. aimed at reducing speeds in and around where children congregate, from neighbourhood parks to schools to community centres.
That post came on the heels of the ridiculously small-minded firestorm over having to reduce speeds around construction workers (but before the small-minded firestorm over traffic circles). One year later, most will note that life has carried on after each of these 'threats to our freedom to drive however we damn well feel'. The sky hasn't fallen. Traffic continues to move. Cars haven't been left abandoned in the streets.
I am sure that the school zone issue is going to ignite a similar debate. Despite this, the city needs to move on this issue sooner rather than later and bring us into the 1980s when it comes to road safety around our schools.
I promise, life will carry on. The sky won't fall. Traffic will continue to move. Cars won't be left abandoned in the streets.
UPDATE: Interestingly, Winnipeg USED to have special school zone speed limits. As seen in this Tribune editorial from June 1943 motorists are required to slow down to 15 mph in a designated school zone during school hours !