September 1 signals the end of summer, the nearing of fall and the return to classes for thousands of school-aged children in the Lord Selkirk School Division. September 1 also signals the return of reduced speed zones of 30 km per hour around four Selkirk schools – Ecole Bonaventure, Robert Smith, Ruth Hooker and Centennial.
Dan McDermid, the city’s Director of Operations, said the city wants to remind motorists that after a summer without the speed zones in effect they now need to adjust their speed downwards for the safety of school children.
“We want to remind everyone that school is starting so please take note that the school zones are in effect, beginning Sept. 1,” McDermid said.
Year three for reduced speed zones in Selkirk
The City of Selkirk adopted a Reduced Speeds in School Zones Bylaw in 2015, following changes to the Highway Traffic Act, which allowed for local governments to reduce speed limits in school zones. Reduced speed zones align with the city’s strategic plan, which makes having a vibrant, safe and healthy community a priority.
The regular posted speed limit within the City of Selkirk is 50 km per hour. The reduced speed zones, which are in effect from September to June, require motorists to reduce their speed to 30 km per hour from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Reduced speed signs will be posted in the zones as well as advance warning signs to alert motorists to the reduced speed limit. RCMP will enforce the reduced speed limits, and those convicted of speeding will face a fine under the Highway Traffic Act.
Affected streets include:
Ecole Bonaventure and Robert Smith School:
Stanley Avenue between Mercy and Sophia streets; Mercy Street between Pacific and Stanley avenues; Sophia Street between Pacific and Stanley avenues, including all intersections.
Ruth Hooker School:
Morris Avenue between Sophia and Jemima streets; Superior Avenue between Sophia and Jemima streets; Sophia Street from Superior to Morris avenues; Jemima Street from Superior to Morris avenues, including all intersections.
Centennial Avenue between Mercy and Sophia streets; Mercy Street between Centennial Avenue/Catherine Bay and Catherine Bay/Barbara Bay, Barbara Bay between Mercy Street and Centennial Avenue, Sophia Street between Louise Bay and Centennial Avenue/Louise Bay, including all intersections.
Daerwood School, which is also a Grade 6 and under school, was not included in the Reduced Speeds in School Zones Bylaw, due to its location on Main Street, a provincial highway. The city opted to keep the speed limit on Main Street at 50 km per hour, due to the fact adult crossing guards assist students crossing Main to ensure their safety. The RCMP monitor Main Street for speeding regularly and have pledged to increase patrols near the school.