As the weather warms up, the North Grenville Road Safety Committee is reminding all road users to watch out for one another.
As more people are outside walking and riding their bikes, motorists should be prepared to slow down or stop, particularly at road and trail crossings.
Be extra careful when passing cyclists on undivided roads. Passing them too closely can cause the rider to lose control. Always ensure you leave at least one-metre distance between the vehicle and bike when passing them. It’s the law.
On the rural roads, motorists are reminded to slow down when passing horses and riders. Horses can be unpredictable, and motorists should always err on the side of caution when passing a horse, slow down and give then ample room. Never honk your horn when approaching as it could frighten the horse. It is also recommended for horseback riders to ride single file on the shoulder in the direction of traffic to reduce the risk of horses spooking at oncoming vehicles.
School Zones and Community Safety Zones
Motorists should be prepared to slow down and stop for children in or near school or community safety zones. Fines are doubled if you are caught speeding. Community Safety Zones are clearly marked with road signs and are located along Country Road 44, Concession Road and Clothier Street. In an effort to encourage more families to walk or ride to school, safe walking route maps were developed by the Public Health Unit along with active school travel partners that families can use.
If it is not feasible to walk the entire way, consider parking a block or two away from the school and walk the rest of the way. This will also help relieve traffic around the schools and is a great way to incorporate active travel into your day.
The Road Safety public awareness campaign aims to promote safe driving behaviours and make roads in North Grenville safer for all users. A portion of the campaign is funded with a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
The North Grenville Road Safety Campaign Committee is comprised of the Municipality of North Grenville, the North Grenville Police Services Board, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. The following School Safe Route School Maps are available on our website at: www.northgrenville.ca/roadsafety
- South Branch/Notre Dame / Rivière-Rideau
- Holy Cross Catholic School
- Kemptville Public School
Community Safety Zone vs School Zones
School Zone – A School Zone is an areas within 150 metres on either side of a school which has a lower speed limit during school hours.
Community Safety Zone – A Community Safety Zone is an area where public safety is of special concern, such as areas around schools. Fines are doubled if you are caught speeding in the area.
For more information, please contact:
Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer
613-258-9569 ext. 168