Traffic Safety Improvements at James Bay Community School
By Robert Hawkes
A number of traffic safety improvements have been implemented near James Bay Community School. The changes, initiated by parents and staff from the school working with a number of community organizations, make it safer for students walking to and from the school.
Several months ago new signage was added, along with markers along the centre line of Oswego Street near the school. The indicated speed limit is 30 km/h from 8 am to 5 pm. Keep in mind that with activities at the James Bay Community Centre and MacDonald Park playing fields, as well as children using the popular playground in the evenings, there are children in the area even outside those hours. Why not always slow down to those speeds? Electronic speed detection was added further down Oswego Street on either side of the school. Make sure that you drive at a speed that produces a happy face symbol!
One of the most important improvements was adding a new formal crosswalk on Oswego Street at the corner of the school on the south side of Simcoe Street. As well as painted lines on the street, there are signs on Oswego Street marking this as a crosswalk. The existing crosswalk further down Simcoe Street directly across from the main doors of the school continues as well.
In many parts of Canada school crossing guards are present at major intersections near schools. They help make street crossing safer and more orderly. School crossing guards have not traditionally been provided in this area. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority have supported a number of community initiatives, and when approached they agreed to provide funding for a crossing guard at the school this year. “We were very pleased to be approached by James Bay Community School about funding their new crossing guard,” says Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “We operate in and around James Bay, and consider ourselves part of the community. It’s great to be able to contribute to this important initiative with the school.”
At the time of going to press with this story, the James Bay Community School was still seeking an individual to fill the crossing guard position. If you know of someone who might be interested, check with the school to see if the position is still open.