A new committee has been struck at Regina City Hall to look into school safety zones and how fast we should travel through them.
At Wednesday’s executive council meeting, a report from a committee established nearly 17 months ago was heard.
That committee reviewed school zones in other cities and looked at ways to protect pedestrians.
However, according to Mayor Michael Fougere, its structure did not permit exploring engineering specifics — including which school zones should be prioritized, and where to locate highly visible crosswalks.
“What the first committee did not have,” Fougere said. “Is the authority to set budgets or do an engineering design for any particular site. So the report basically talked about the committe doing its work and now another committee is required to make recommendations.”
Fougere says the first committee included city staff, parents and representatives from school boards. Police, SGI, CAA and the Saskatchewan Safety Council were also on the committee
He says changes to speed limits are unlikely any time soon in Regina school zones before next fall, as this second committee now has the task of exploring school zone safety.
“They’ll cost those out and the administration will look at the budget side of that,” Fougere said. “And it will be done in a fairly prompt and orderly way.”
Fougere says the emphasis remains on addressing this issue. He adds many jurisdictions do have 30 km/hr school zone speed limits and he wants to ensure residents in Regina have a say in this matter.
“It does take time,” Fougere said. “And we talk about next fall. That’s the next school year. We may have things come in before the end of the school year.”
The committee should report back to city hall early next year. Those recommendation could implemented ideally by the next school year.