Data shows that collisions near schools over the last twenty years have not changed significantly and injuries decreased slightly however traffic safety near schools is one of the major concerns of Calgarians.
There are about an average of two collisions per school year.
However, about 25-percent of applications for traffic-calming relate to issues around school sites.
The city’s Transportation Committee recommends work continue through existing programs on how to mitigate concerns.
A so-called “tool kit”, containing a lot of information for schools and community associations on what potential mitigation efforts could work in an area, is going to be updated.
For example, when many people say they want speed bumps in an area, there would be information available as to whether those would work in a particular area.
Committee chair Shane Keating says congestion is a big problem around schools, and that parents share in a lot of the blame for the problems with some of their actions.
“We have the difficulties of those who do things they shouldn’t,” Keating said. “The difficulty is when you have those problems, all of a sudden, you have a major issue like whether it’s a child being hit or a number of these things.”
“They may not happen often, but when you look at what does happen, it is rather traumatic.”
The updated tool kit will be updated by mid-2018.