In an effort to make roads safer for students, the City of Guelph has reduced traffic speed in numerous school zone areas as the new school year begins.

In May, councillors approved reductions to traffic speeds on 16 roads behind or beside schools.

Fifteen roads now have new 30 km/h speed signs that will be in effect all year round, including: 

  • École Arbor Vista Public School: McCann Street
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School: Emma Street
  • École Guelph Lake: Couling Crescent and Severn Drive
  • Guelph Montessori School: Galt Street and Fergus Street
  • King George Public School: Metcalfe Street and St. Catharine Street
  • Resurrection Christian Academy: Dumbarton Street and Knightswood Boulevard
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School: Alice Street
  • Trillium Waldorf School: Wilton Road
  • Waverley Public School: Windsor Street
  • Westminster Woods Public School: Hall Avenue
  • Westwood Public School: Westwood Road

Scottsdale Drive, a school zone for Priory Park Public School and École élémentaire catholique Saint-René-Goupil, is a little different.

It has a has a new "40 km/h when flashing" sign which will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday during the months of September to June.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make safety their priority," said Steve Anderson, supervisor of traffic engineering for the City of Guelph in a release.

"Back-to-school is a busy time of year with everyone adjusting to new schedules and a general increase in traffic. Leaving extra time for travel—whether to school or work—will help ensure everyone arrives safely."