Regina council discussing changing school zone times

Regina residents could be seeing a change to the hours for school zone speed limits.

At city council, Wednesday afternoon Ward 9 Councillor Jason Mancinelli tabled a motion that would see the hours shifted in school zones from the current 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Since the implementation a couple of years ago, 7 a.m. does perhaps interfere with the morning commute, and not a lot of children are playing in the parks at 7 a.m.,” Mayor Sandra Masters said.

Also recommended in the motion was the times be displayed in a 12-hour clock format instead of a 24-hour format.

Masters said no changes would be made anytime soon, as the council asked for a report to be conducted.

“Previous council approved a program called Vision Zero, where they are continually looking around the City from a traffic safety bylaw, but specifically around school zones and parks, and playgrounds,” she said. “Vision Zero is coming forward with an updated report in terms of all the consultations and what the experts are saying about further things we could do.”

If any changes were to go through, it would change the previous change that went into effect back in 2019. Council voted to reduce the school zone speed limit from 40 km/h from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m to 30 km/h from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Council asked that the report be completed and presented to council in quarter three of this year.

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