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Canada's Model School Zone Project

The School

School Name: St. Martha's Elementary School
City: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Number of Students: 761 

The Issue

The past few years have seen a rapid growth of local industry in the neighborhood surrounding St. Martha's Elementary School. As a result, children are exposed to increased hazards on their way to school. The high rates of jaywalking, speeding vehicles and traffic congestion also increase risks that students face while walking around the school. 

The Project

Working with members in law enforcement, Alberta Health Services, municipal staff and a parental council, Safe Kids Canada and Safe Community Wood Buffalo plan to install traffic calming measures including "school zone" signs and radar speed feedback signs. 

Where We Are

Canada's Model School Zone Progress is at Evaluation


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Oct. 25, 2012 - We completed all interventions, including environmental modifications, education for children and parents, a "walk to school day" event and walking school buses. We will soon begin the last phase of the project: collecting post-assessment data to evaluate the effectiveness of our interventions.

July 23, 2012 - We are now implementing the intervention work plan, and have already installed a speed board, traffic calming road line, new crosswalk and additional road signage.

May 9, 2012 - We completed Phase I of the project at the end of March 2012. This included conducting the baseline assessment and creating the intervention work plan. We began to implement interventions in May 2012.