Slow it down
Charlottetown’s parks and recreation chairman wants lower speed limits around playgrounds
Charlottetown’s parks and recreation committee is asking the protective and emergency services committee to take a look at speed limits.
Parks is recommending a speed reduction near playground areas to either 25 or 30 kilometres an hour.
“We have young children who are walking to the parks. Sometimes they go by themselves; sometimes they’re with their parents and sometimes they run ahead of their parents,” said parks and recreation chairman Coun. Mitch Tweel. “If the traffic is going 40 km ( per hour), it can be very dangerous, even though we do have crosswalks.’’
Tweel said he would also like to have some thought put towards speed limits in school zones where the speed limit is lower only when children are present.
He noted that, while the speed limit is higher outside of school hours, children play in school playgrounds and sports fields at all times of the day, year-round.
“These venues are in operation, particularly at this time of year, in the morning straight through to dusk,” he said.
The protective and emergency services committee has not met yet to discuss the request made by parks and recreation, so no one wanted to speculate on what, if anything, might come of it.
Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan said the criteria of specific areas would have to be looked at first.
Tweel said he understands it may take some time to go through the process but suggests the city perhaps look at an area or two as a pilot project.
“If we can make it safer for our children to commute and walk back and forth to the playground, I think that’s a good thing.’’
Speeding in the city is an issue that comes up often at city council’s monthly public meetings. The city has responded in the past to concerns around playgrounds near schools with measures like extra stop signs and speed bumps.
“Let’s slow it down around playgrounds,’’ Tweel said. “Speeding traffic is a major issue in this city.’’