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School Zone Awareness Pilot Project

We’re Shining a Light on School Zones

School zones can be hectic places, especially during drop-off and pick-up times. Expect the unexpected — when children are excited, rushing and playing in and near school zones.

We're introducing bright improvements on busy arterial roads where traffic calming, such as speed humps, are not allowed. Every year 253 children (aged 5 to 18) are injured in crashes and 4 children are killed walking or cycling in the Lower Mainland. In school and playground zones, 42 children are injured each year. (Source: ICBC)

Increasing Awareness of School Zones

To help draw more attention to 30/km school zones, our crews are adding:

  • Rapid-flashing warning beacons, with ultra-bright LEDs, are being added to school zone signs. These may be programmed to flash at school arrival, lunch and dismissal times when children are more likely to be in the streets.
  • Highly visiable, fluorescent yellow-green pavement markings. They will replicate the school zone sign or read 'SCHOOL' on the roadway.These markings will help increase awareness of where the reduced speed limit begins.
  • Speed reader boards to draw drivers' attention to signal them to slow down to the posted speed.

Timeline

The Arterial Road School Zone Awareness Pilot Project will be done in 2 phases:

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  • Phase 1 - Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 expand
  • Phase 1 - Fall 2017 to Summer 2018

    Introduction and Evaluation

    Eight Surrey elementary school communities will be part of the first phase of this year-long pilot program.

    Over the course of the pilot, we will be conducting traffic studies and surveying participants to determine the effectiveness of each measure.

  • Phase 2 - Fall 2018 expand
  • Phase 2 - Fall 2018

    Program Expansion

    The results from Phase 1 will help determine the effectiveness of each measure and which one worked best.

    These results will inform how the program should be expanded to other Surrey school communities.


Why 30 km/hr?

The lower speed limit protects our most vulnerable road users: our children.

The lower speed limits are in place where they are more likely to exhibit unexpected behaviours: within school zones.

30 km/hr speed limits are in effect between 8am to 5pm on school days, unless otherwise posted.

Participants in BCAA School Zone Safety Survey said driver inattention and poor behaviours are putting kids’ safety at risk. 93% of survey respondents reported witnessing speeding in school zones.

Here are some of the important reasons to slow down:

  •  Stopping Distance
    • You need more time to stop when you're driving fast. At a slower speed, motorists have better chance to react when children are crossing the road. This could be the difference that saves a life.
       
  • Survival Rate
    • If a vehicle travelling at 50 kilometres per hour struck a pedestrian, there is only a 20% chance that the pedestrian would survive. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 30 kilometres per hour has a 90% chance of survival.
       
  • Younger and More Vulnerable Pedestrians
    • Children aged 5 to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related deaths. Younger and less experienced pedestrians are more likely to be in a School Zone and more likely to be distracted or forget about safety.

About the Safe and Active Schools Program

Our Safe and Active Schools Program helps keep our school children safe.

As of the end of 2016, the City of Surrey completed more than 700 projects over 7 years totalling more than $18.45M in engineering improvements including pedestrian crossings, sidewalks and pathways, signage projects, traffic calming and other road safety measures.

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