The Metro Community Forum: Slow down when school starts

This summer, I had the opportunity to spend time going door to door, meeting neighbours and talking about the things that are important to you.

We were able to discuss priorities like community safety, infrastructure, neighbourhood improvement, and community services.

One concern that was raised a few times was traffic safety and speeding. With September comes the renewed start-up of school zone speed limits and it is also a good reminder to be mindful of our speed on residential streets where there could be children playing. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with community members and colleagues to improve neighbourhood safety by putting in place initiatives to remind drivers to slow down on residential streets like the "please slow down" signage plan I put forward to the protection and community services committee earlier this Spring.

Green Action Centre partners with many of the schools in our community and does excellent work through The Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program which works to help school communities encourage active and safe travel to and from school so kids can walk and bike safely. They have handbooks and resource guides to help plan safe routes, tips on School Travel Planning, a Bike Education and Skills Training (BEST) program, and a variety of other resources available on the program’s website:

Another traffic-related reminder is to be mindful about where we park around schools, shopping malls, and community centres. Be sure to check signs so you do not stop or park in fire lanes, or spaces designated for people with disabilities. Illegal parking around schools causes a real safety concern especially during morning drop off and after school pick up. Save yourself the ticket and plan ahead to arrange a better drop off spot, or sit down with your child to help them plan a safe walk or bike route.

Fall Leisure Guide registration begins on Aug. 29. There are a number of great activities being offered in Daniel McIntyre at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex and the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool. You can pick up a copy from either of these locations or check out the guide online here:

A reminder that fee subsidies are available for low-income individuals and families in order to access Leisure Guide programs and activities. For more information, call 311, or email