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Watch out for school and playground zones when driving in Calgary, and go 30 km per hour or less

Calgary has a few traffic rules out-of-towners and new Calgarians need to know about.

School zones are marked with a sign showing children (silhouettes) walking to school.  The end of a school zone has a sign without a graphic, just writing saying "End School Zone".  On school days, the speed limit in a school zone is 30 km per hour, and there is no passing.

Playground zones are marked with a sign showing a child playing with a ball, again in silhouette.  There is no passing in a playground zone.  The speed limit is 30 km per hour.  Playground zones are in effect every day, from 8:30 a.m. until "one hour after sunset". The end of the playground zone is marked with a sign.

The purpose of these zones is to protect Calgary's children.  You never know when a kid will run across the street or suddenly appear from between some parked cars.

The speed of 30 km/hour is roughly the same as 18 miles per hour.

City of Calgary Traffic Tips Booklet

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