This is an examle of what the signs may look like once they are in place. They will have the speed limit listed and the hours they are in effect. File Photo

Hybrid zones to be replaced by school, playground zones in Sylvan Lake

The amended Traffic Bylaw was discussed at the regular meeting of council on July 8

Most school zones and all hybrid zones in Sylvan Lake will soon be changed to playground zones, after a recent decision by Council.

The amended Traffic Bylaw which was discussed at the regular meeting of council on July 8, will see Sylvan Lake following the same model Red Deer has in place for school and playground zones.

While the amendment updates some “grammatical, formatting and wording,” it also specifically addresses the proposed change to the hours both playground and school zones are in effect.

“The intent of the proposed Bylaw is to provide motorists and pedestrians with consistent and predictable hours that these zones are in effect, which should result in less confusion and thereby improving the safety of pedestrians,” said John Watson, operations manager.

The speed limit in these zones will not change, staying constant at 30 kilometres per hour. What will change is the hours the zones will be in effect.

School zones in Sylvan Lake will no long have a fractured enforcement time. Instead, school zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.

Playground zones will be in effect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day.

According to the amended bylaw, and school yard with a playground apparatus will become a playground zone. Currently these are considered to be either just a school zone or a hybrid zone.

With the amendment to the traffic bylaw, all hybrid zones will be removed in favour of a school or playground zone.

“By using the Red Deer model for changes to these zones, Sylvan Lake motorists have, or likely will develop a geographical familiarity with the rules in school and playground zones on a regional basis,” said Watson.

The schools on 50 Street, H.J. Cody and Lighthouse Christian Academy, will continue as a school zone. The playground zone on 50 Street will also continue as a playground zone with the amended bylaw.

The remaining schools in Sylvan Lake will be made into a playground zone.

“All future schools constructed in Sylvan Lake would be evaluated for the appropriate type of zone based upon the criteria of whether a playground structure is included within the schoolyard, and other criteria based upon industry standards,” the report to Council states.

The principal at Ecole Mother Teresa School “fully supports” the changes proposed, according to Watson.

Watson says new signage will be put into place before the new school year begins on Sept. 3.

A public hearing on the proposed changes to the bylaw is planned for the next meeting of council on July 22. Following the public hearing, Council is expected to give second and third reading to the bylaw.

Just Posted

Gas prices in Sylvan Lake higher than surrounding area

The gas in town is being sold with a retail margin of about four to seven cents a litre

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp hits 45 year milestone

The long-running hockey camp sees kids come from all over the world every year

Sylvan Lake business releases new loose leaf teas

Laurie Breeze and English Rose Tea Rooms have released Mrs. B’s Loose Leaf Teas

Customs and Classics revved into Sylvan Lake

The 13th annual show had 163 cars parked on the Meadowlands Golf Club driving range July 13

New support line available for Alberta farmers

AgSafe Alberta hotline there to help navigate new farm rules and regulations

VIDEO: Reports say Lashana Lynch is the new 007

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond one last time

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Most Read