Niagara Region adding new Community Safety Zones at ten schools for the start of the school year

Niagara Region is adding ten new Community Safety Zones at schools located on Regional Roads coinciding with the first week of school on Sept. 8. The new locations are in the communities of Fort Erie, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Welland and West Lincoln.

The objective is to help improve safety for students and their families travelling to and from school. Community Safety Zones help modify driver behaviour including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improve safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.

Last year, Niagara Region launched Community Safety Zones at two schools on Regional Roads with the expectation to add more. Niagara Regional Council approved the following new Community Safety Zones to go live at the start of the school year. The locations include:

  • ​Alexander Kuska KSG Catholic Elementary School, Rice Rd. (Regional Rd. 54) between Quaker Rd. and Woodlawn Rd. in Welland. This is a length of 1 km.
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Livingston Ave. (Regional Rd. 512) between Roberts Rd. and Patton St. in Grimsby. This is length of 1.80 km.
  • Crossroads Public Elementary School, Niagara Stone Rd. (Regional Rd. 55) between Concession 6 Rd. (roundabout) and Four Mile Creek Rd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is the length of 1.50 km.
  • DSBN Academy, Louth St. (Regional Rd. 72) between Rykert St. and Pelham Rd. in St. Catharines. This is a length of 1 km.
  • Greendale Elementary School, Montrose Rd. (Regional Rd. 98) between Watson St. and Lundy's Ln. in Niagara Falls. This is a length of 0.78 km.
  • John Calvin School, Station St. (Regional Rd. 14) between Spring Creek Rd. and West St. in West Lincoln. This is a length of 1 km.
  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School, Central Ave. (Regional Rd. 124) between Gilmore Rd. and Bertie St. in Fort Erie. This is a length of 0.80 km.
  • Park Elementary School, Main St. E. (Regional Rd. 81) between Nelles Rd. N/Nelles Rd. S and Bartlett Ave. in Grimsby. This is a length of 1.80 km.
  • Smithville District Christian High School, Townline Rd. (Regional Rd. 14) between Harvest Gate and Canborough St. in West Lincoln. This is a length of 0.75 km.
  • St. Ann Catholic Elementary School, Main St. (Regional Rd. 87) between Martindale Rd. and Johnson St. in St. Catharines. This is a length of 1.10 km.

Staff, in partnership with Niagara Regional Police, are targeting an education and awareness week from Sept. 8 to 20 (inclusive), with enforcement beginning the week of Sept. 21.

These two locations were the first two Community Safety Zones on Regional Roads unveiled for the 2019-20 school year:

  • St. Davids Public School on Regional Rd. 81 (York Rd.) from Queenston Rd. to Concession 3 Rd. in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake;
  • Twenty Valley Public School on Regional Rd. 24 (Victoria Ave.) from Frederick Ave. to Regional Rd. 81 (King St.) in the Town of Lincoln.

Community Safety Zones let motorists know they are within a zone where the Highway Traffic Act has been modified to double the legislated penalty provisions for moving violations.

Community Safety Zone signs are posted at the limits of the zone with "Begins" and "Ends" tabs, clearly defining the legal limits of the zone. The rules of the road don’t change within the zone, only the penalties for violations are increased.

Site selection includes locations, which have safety concerns or complaints near sensitive areas such as schools, retirement homes and daycares. The following items help to prioritize site location selections:

  • Number of safety and speeding complaints at location
  • Percentage of students and families walking to and from school
  • Speeding study results and number of violations
  • Collision history

Niagara Region is working on Community Safety Zones in partnership with Niagara Student Transportation Services, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, local private schools, Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Regional Police Services.

Contact

Norm Miller
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3215
norman.miller@niagararegion.ca


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