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Speed limit of 30 km/h in school zones proposed

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City hall is finally acting on a promise to lower speed limits surrounding most schools across Winnipeg.

A bylaw is being prepared that would reduce speed limits in school zones to 30 kilometres per hour, from 7 a.m. – 5:30 pm, from September to June, effective for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

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The new bylaw was made possible after the province in September changed the legislation allowing municipalities to lower the speed limits around schools down to 30 km/h.

Mayor Sam Katz had promised to have the bylaw in place before the end of 2013.

In a release this morning, city hall said the reduced speed limits would apply to 171 private and public schools which have students in Grade 6 or lower but would not apply to schools located on regional streets.

The proposal will be considered at the Tuesday, June 3 meeting of public works committee.

The bylaw must be approved by council before it becomes effective.

Council approved the lowered speed limit around elementary schools in July 2012, and set aside $1 million for signage.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM CDT: Adds link

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