School zone speed limits return to Edmonton

Enrolment is up at Alberta schools. Brent McGillivray / Global News

EDMONTON – After a 40-year hiatus, school zone speed limits are returning to Edmonton.

Wednesday morning, city council approved putting speed limits in school zones back into effect starting this fall.

The speed limit will be 30 kilometres per hour around all schools with elementary grades. The lower limit will be in force from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on local and collector roads, but not for schools facing busier arterial routes.

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Don Iveson says as mayor and a parent of young children he’s pleased with the decision.

“I think this is an important step. I think it’s consistent with most other jurisdictions in Alberta. I think it was a mistake to take them out 40 years ago. I think our message has to be clear that pedestrian safety, especially the safety of our children, is paramount.”

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The city will spend $5,000 for an awareness campaign and new signage.

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