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Designated playground zones are an important part of keeping children safe. There are approximately 1,500 existing playground zones and 180 school zones in Calgary. Both of these zones were created to increase the safety of children from motorists traveling through these areas. With Provincial government legislation in place to allow municipalities to set their own school and playground hours, it was determined that transitioning school zones to playground zones was the appropriate solution.
Having two different designated zones was confusing to motorists who may not be aware of when school is in session. Having only playground zones helps to provide a clear message to motorists, promote uniform motorist behaviour, and increase safety for pedestrians and motorists.
The new hours (7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. – everyday) reflect the times that playground zones are being used by children and other pedestrians, and provide motorists with consistent and specific times that can be easily remembered.
As of August 2015 all School Zones are being transititioned to Playground Zones within the City of Calgary with all signage to be changed before the end of the year.