The City of Edmonton has made a commitment to its citizens through the adoption of Vision Zero to implement traffic safety strategies which will eliminate vehicle collisions that result in death and injury. One of these strategies was the adoption and implementation in 2014 of a 30km/h speed limit in Elementary .Since we went to 30km/h zones we have seen a 71% reduction in traffic collision related injuries.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SLOW DOWN? The lower speed limit protects our most vulnerable road users: our children.
Every year at this time families with children begin the process of getting prepared for another school year. There are school supplies and new running shoes to be purchased, after school care to be organized and most importantly a refresher course on getting to and from school safely.
Every year we remind both children and those who drive through school zones to watch out for each other. Every year motorists are reminded to take care, slow down and watch out for school aged children crossing the road.
Our commitment to the evidenced based Safe Systems Approach to traffic safety guides everything we do. The five E’s of our strategy include Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engagement. In Edmonton this means:
engineering and implementing 30km/h school zones,
working with law enforcement to enforce the 30km/h speed limit,
educating our employees and the public on what their role is as an operator of a City of Edmonton vehicle,
evaluating and reporting on our progress, and
engaging the public in taking action to slow down,
By utilizing the 5E’s in all we do we are fulfilling our promise of building a safer city. Our commitment to Vision Zero includes protecting our most precious resource, our children.