School zone safety measures continue

The city is cementing the temporary traffic calming measures that began implementation in 2013.

The city is cementing the temporary traffic calming measures that began implementation in 2013.

Efforts were inflated in  response to an incident where a crossing guard at Parkway Elementary had her foot run over a few years ago. The safety features were planned in co-ordination with local Parent Advisory Committees.

Queens Park has been surveyed but traffic calming measures are still in the works. There, the road will be narrowed, a speed hump will be added, highly-visible green paint will mark the bicycle entrances, a raised crosswalk will be installed, and three parking spaces will be eliminated to align the walkway with the crosswalk on Power Street.

Uplands will also see the installation of speed humps and road narrowing, as well as new signage for the buses drop-off zone. Council first responded by implementing temporary measures, such as pylons and delineators to give drivers a visual warning that the road is narrowing or a speed hump is approaching.

The largest traffic calming investment was made at Parkway, which saw speed humps and digit speed radar signs installed, a crosswalk raised to the level of the sidewalk, and the road narrowed. Wiltse saw the same measures implemented. Carmi had nearby roads narrowed, speed radar installed, two crosswalks added and new signage.

Staff highlighted the benefits of raised crosswalks over crosswalks with blinking lights, as drivers tend to better notice pedestrians. Through survey data, staff observed drivers to slow down measurably following the installation of speed hump and delineators.