May 30, 2014 1:27 pm

City moves to cut speed limits to 30 km/h near 171 Winnipeg schools

Winnipeg hopes to reduce speed limits in zones near 171 elementary schools to 30 km/h by September.

Lorraine Nickel / Global News

WINNIPEG – The city is moving ahead with a proposal to reduce speed limits near most Winnipeg elementary schools.

Winnipeg’s infrastructure renewal and public works committee on Tuesday will consider proposals for a new bylaw that would reduce limits near 171 schools to 30 kilometres an hour.

The bylaw will only apply to schools with children in Grade 6 or younger and won’t apply in areas where signs can’t be put up in accordance with provincial regulation.

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There are more than 100 elementary schools that won’t have reduced speeds on at least one of the roads adjacent to school property.

The reduced speed limits would apply from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, from September to June.

Council will still have to approve the proposed bylaw before it becomes law, but the city has planned to erect signs for the start of the 2014-15 school year. It will cost the city $300,000, which will be taken from the current budget for the non-specified capital account.

The city first started looking at reducing speed limits in school zones in 2012. The province amended the Highway Traffic Act in September 2013 to allow the change.

The full report to the public works committee, including PDFs listing schools that will and will not have reduced speed zones, can be found here: Reduced speed limit in school zones bylaw.

RELATED: Not all school zone speed limits will be the same: city


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