City services | August 30, 2022
Students, ranging from pre-school to post-secondary, are returning to school the week of September 6. Mississauga roads will be busy with thousands of students walking, riding their bikes, taking a bus or being driven to school. All road users are reminded to stay alert and remain cautious to prevent collisions.
“This time of year, it’s especially important to keep road safety top of mind to prevent collisions with so many students out on the road. If you’re driving, I urge you to slow down, watch for students and to stop for school buses. Those walking or cycling are encouraged to follow the rules of the road and stay alert,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “Consider walking or riding your bike to school to help reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also great exercise and will help you start your day in a healthy and energizing way. Stay safe and have a great first day back!”
The City has more than 200 school crossing guards who will be ready on the first day of school to help students from kindergarten to fifth grade cross the road safely. The City’s School Walking Routes program also encourages students to use active transportation while alerting drivers to watch for children.
The City continues to work towards its commitment of achieving Vision Zero in Mississauga and keeping students safe while using the roads. This past spring, the City completed the School Streets Pilot Project at three schools to provide students a temporary, car-free environment in front of a school during morning drop-off and/or afternoon pick-up time. The City also continues to lower speeds in all neighbourhoods and school zones across Mississauga through the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project. In addition, since the start of the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, cameras have been placed in 50 school zones to help combat speeding on Mississauga roadways.
Safety tips for families who walk, cycle or take a bus to school:
Safety tips for drivers:
For more road safety information and additional safety tips, please visit: mississauga.ca/roadsafety
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