School zone traffic safety

For parents

Many children are walking and biking to school on our roads. However, younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Always remind your children to:

  • Walk on available sidewalks
  • Always cross at intersections

When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:

  • Stop before stepping into road
  • Increase visibility and indicate crossing intention
  • Look in all directions
  • Listen for traffic
  • Cross only when the road is clear
  • Walk directly across road - do not run or cycle
  • Use the buddy system if possible

When crossing intersections with signals, children should:

  • Push button (where one exists)
  • Wait for pedestrian walk signal
  • Increase visibility and indicate crossing intention
  • Look and listen for traffic
  • Walk carefully, watching for turning motorists

When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student crossing patrols, children should cross under their direction.

Drivers

Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. Because younger children often have limited experience with traffic, and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely, motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children get to school safely by following these important safety rules:

  • Reduce speed in schools zones
  • Look for school zone signage
  • Be ready to stop at all times: children do not always notice oncoming traffic
  • Always try to make eye contact with children wanting to cross the road
  • Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding
  • Obey all yield, stop and traffic signal controls. It's the law
  • Stop when a STOP paddle is held up by a crossing guard

School zones and crossings

School Zone

The City will replace existing blue-and-white school zones signage with new, highly visible, reflective yellow school zone signs. This signage serves to remind motorists of the special care they need to take while travelling through a school zone. Many of the traffic control signals in these zones are equipped with pedestrian push buttons. Follow these instructions to ensure a safe crossing:

  • Push the button
  • Wait for white walking pedestrian symbol to appear
  • Start to cross only while white walking pedestrian symbol is displayed
  • Check in all directions for oncoming traffic before stepping off the curb
  • Continue crossing if the orange hand signal begins to flash while walking; there is still enough time for you to complete a crossing to the other side at a normal walking speed
  • Yield the right of way to school children trying to cross at intersections controlled by stop signs
  • Do not creep into any intersection

Remember to never begin crossing on a flashing or solid orange hand; there may not be enough time to cross safely.