Be back to school safe!
It’s back to school season. Early mornings, rowdy young passengers, distracted pedestrians and congested school zones can make your commute tricky and stressful.
Did you know that choosing to walk or bike to school leads to healthier, happier and more alert learners?
You don’t need to give up your car completely. Start by taking some small steps such as:
- Walk with your children one day per week
- Try parking a block away from the school and walking the rest of the way. You’d be surprised how much quicker it can be than fighting the school congestion.
- Or take it a step further and work with your school or parent council to start a walking school bus where you take turns walking a group of children to school.
The City of Markham’s Transportation Engineering Department have been hard at work to help keep yourself, young passengers and pedestrians safe. In addition to 40 kilometres per hour speed zones and crossing guards, school safety initiatives include:
- Markham’s School Zone Centreline Sign Program is in place at a total of 24 school zones in Markham. Through the installation of flexible posts installed directly on the pavement approaching the school zones, driver awareness is improved and vehicles slow down as they approach. The program is set to expand in 2019.
- Markham’s Speed Management Program, includes deployment of radar speed signs to reduce vehicle speeds on problematic streets, with school zones given priority.
- Supporting ongoing efforts from both school boards to promote active travel, which are intended to encourage more students to walk and bike to school.