Changes to school zones in Regina won’t happen until the start of the next school year, at the earliest.
The executive committee of city council was considering a recommendation to drop the current 40 kilometres per hour to 30 km/h.
Mayor Michael Fougere put forward a motion during Wednesday’s meeting to re-establish the Regina School Pedestrian Traffic Safety Committee and expand it to look at all options to make school zones safer and how much each option would cost. It was passed unanimously.
“The committee will provide recommendations on standards and how they apply to particular schools and it will be part of the budget process,” Fougere said. “I wouldn’t rule anything out and I wouldn’t say we are going to make a standardization either.”
While Regina meets national standards for school safety, many other major centres in Canada operate 30 km/h school zones.
During the meeting, councillors anecdotally shared what they’ve heard already from residents and parents. While many are happy to see speed limits reduced, others want a reduction in the days and times school zone speed limits are applied.
Right now in Regina, 40 km/hr school zones are in effect year-round between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fougere said while the current rules might be the right approach in some areas of the city, it might not be the right everywhere.
“A school in the residential area will have a different set of criteria than what you have on Dewdney Avenue,” Fougere said. “Some bollards may work in some places, other types of traffic calming could be used in other locations. Everything is on the table for discussion.”
The city hopes to work the public and separate school divisions, along with SGI, Regina police and other partners.
Budgetary issues will be a consideration and not all recommendations will necessarily be implemented in one year.
The committee will report in the first half of 2018, with the hope that any changes made will be in place in time for the 2018-19 school year.