School Pedestrian Safety Working Group seeks public input

Ontario school bus. Photo by Chris Daniels.

The City of Kingston, and the School Pedestrian Safety Working Group, are looking for public input to create a safer experience for pedestrians of all ages, in and around school zones.

To be part of this essential work, complete a short survey on the City’s public engagement website, Get Involved Kingston or call 613-546-0000.

Through the survey, the working group aims to understand every aspect surrounding the issue of pedestrian safety in school zones, with a goal to quickly and effectively implement solutions, according to a release from the city.

“As a former teacher, principal, and a current City Councillor, I can assure you, your input is essential,” said Coun. Wayne Hill, who represents Lakeside District and chairs the working group.

The School Pedestrian Safety Working Group was created following the tragic death of a Kingston elementary student earlier this year, the city said. According to the release, the group has a focused goal of developing a holistic process to address pedestrian safety concerns near schools, and identifying solutions which can be applied to any school in the city.

“This group brings together all of the parties that have a role to play in pedestrian safety near schools,” Hill stated. “By having everyone at the table together, we can work together to improve safety for Kingston’s schoolchildren.”

Represented on the Working Group are: Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board; Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario; Écoles Catholiques Centre-Est; Limestone District School Board; Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health; Parent Council Representatives from the school boards; Kingston City Council Members; Kingston Police and Tri-Board Transportation.

The city said that feedback received from this engagement will provide important information and context to the working group. Read more on the Get Involved Kingston page.

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