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Playground and School Zones

School zone and playground zone speed limits are 30 km/h during set times. Help keep everyone safe: obey all speed limits and watch for children crossing.

The school zone speed limit is 30 km/h, and is in effect between the following times on school days: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The playground zone speed limit is 30 km/h. It is in effect starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending one hour after sunset.

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Back to school safety

  • Watch for school safety patrollers and stop as directed.

  • Watch for kids between parked vehicles and on the sidewalk.

  • Use caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Parked or stopped vehicles may hide a pedestrian crossing the road. 

  • Do not park within 5 meters of a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.

Driving tips around school buses

  •  Alternating flashing yellow or amber lights mean a bus is slowing down to stop. Do the same.
  • When approaching a school bus with red lights flashing—you must stop! The fine for passing a school bus with its red lights flashing is $543 and six demerit points.

  • School buses use the flashing red lights and stop signs in rural areas of Strathcona County, including residential estate areas such as Balmoral and Sherwood Park Golf Course.

  • Always watch for children crossing roads. Prepare to slow down and stop.

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School Zones

What is the difference between a school area and a school zone?


School Area signSchool Area Sign


A school area is indicated by a green school sign without a black and white speed sign attached to the post. It is a warning to alert drivers that a school is near and to be cautious that children may be close by. 
Drive through the area with extra caution, but the speed limit does not change from 
the previously posted limit.


School Zone signSchool Zone Sign


A school zone has a black and white 30 km/h sign attached below the green school sign. When you pass this sign, you have entered a school zone and must stay within the maximum posted speed during the times the zone is in effect.

What are the school zone speeds and times?

The school zone speed limit is 30 km/h, and is in effect between the following times on school days:


8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


School zone speeds are established under the Provincial Traffic Safety Act, Section 107. School zone times are established under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8.

When does a school zone end?


50 km sign


A school zone ends when a traffic sign indicates either a higher speed or the end of the zone.

How are school zones located?

New school zones are created according to guidelines set out by the Transportation Association of Canada and Alberta Transportation.

Who decides on the signs for school zones?

The signs for school zones are established by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada and by the Transportation Association of Canada.

Who do I contact with enforcement questions?

Questions about enforcement can be directed to Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170 or by visiting RCMP and Enforcement Services at 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park.

Playground Zones

What is the difference between a playground area and a playground zone?


Playground area signPlayground Area
A playground area is indicated by a yellow playground sign without a black and white speed sign attached to the post. It is a warning to alert drivers that a playground is near and to be cautious that children may be close by. Drive through the area with extra caution, but the speed limit does not change from the previously posted limit.


Playground Zone signPlayground ZoneA playground zone has a black and white 30 km/h sign attached below the yellow sign. When you pass this sign, you have entered a playground zone and must stay within the maximum posted speed during the times the zone is in effect.

What are the playground zone speeds and times?

The playground zone speed limit is 30 km/h. It is in effect starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending one hour after sunset.


Playground zone speeds are established under the Provincial Traffic Safety Act, Section 107. Playground zone times are established under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8.

When does a playground zone end?

50 km/h speed sign


A playground ends when a traffic sign indicates either a higher speed or the end of the zone.

How are playground zones located?

New playground zones are created according to guidelines set out by the Transportation and Association of Canada and Alberta Transportation. 

Who decides on the signs for playground zones?

The signs for playground zones are established by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada and by the Transportation Association of Canada.

Who do I contact with enforcement questions?

Questions about enforcement can be directed to Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170 or by visiting RCMP and Enforcement Services at 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park.

Further information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
Email: transportationandagriculture@strathcona.ca

Enforcement Services
Phone: 780-449-0170

Last updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Page ID: 40235