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Old 03-30-2012, 04:25 AM
 
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Default School zones extended by one hour

2 pm until 5 pm starting next week.

This is really annoying. It will increase tickets and make us waste more fuel by slowing down (yes every bit counts and even slowing down 10 mph to have to regain it knocks down efficiency). Moderator cut: see comment

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Really? Most school zones are about a mile in duration....reducing from 50 mph (higher that most posted limits around schools) to 20 mph means about an additional 40 seconds driving time - if that is gonna make a difference, you might want to leave a minute or two sooner.

Now, what DOES irk me to no end is the lack of lanes for folks trying to get into a school parking lot, who then end up blocking the traffic lanes, which in turn blocks the normal flow of traffic - THAT is what needs to be addressed, IMO.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:46 AM
 
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Looking at this from the context of my daughter's particular school and tutoring schedule, it makes sense. Inner city school zones (at least the ones by her school) are pretty short- maybe 2 blocks at most. The school has a large number of kids in after school tutoring programs that let out at 4:15. This is in addition to all the kids in extracurricular programs that stay after school. So you really have two release times: one around 3:30, and one around 4:30.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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What? I was not complaining about time but efficiency. A steady speed saves more gas than going fast then slow, fast then slow, which is why I dislike rush hour traffic too and usually drive 5 miles per hour and damn the gap I create in front of me or the annoyed drivers behind me who feel they need to tailgate whoever is in front of them as fast as they can and want others to do the same. I don't but my mpg is pretty high for it!

I am sure we will be given ample warning Moderator cut: see comment. I just hate slowing down, not that I drive fast to begin with, and wanted to complain and they were the easiest targets. School zones can also be very short inside the city and more bunched together so that you might have to drive through a couple or more just to get where you are going or back home which means slowing down and speeding up and decreasing fuel efficiency.

One thing that does bug me is slowing down when I see no kids, no school patrols, nothing but a dead street with flashing school zone lights. They really need to fix that.

A separate or dedicated pick up and drop off zone would also be great!!!! Especially for parents. Some schools already have this or move them to a side street which is wise.

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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^Again, in the context of our particular school, I'd say more than half of the parents are on foot. In our case, it isn't about increased vehicular traffic at pick up time, it's pedestrian traffic. It's also a campus built in the late 1870's that didn't accomodate for special parent pick up areas.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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^Again, in the context of our particular school, I'd say more than half of the parents are on foot. In our case, it isn't about increased vehicular traffic at pick up time, it's pedestrian traffic. It's also a campus built in the late 1870's that didn't accomodate for special parent pick up areas.
Then it should be changed on a case by case basis. It shouldnt be a blanket change. Change the school zones that need it, and leave the rest of them alone.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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Then that would lead to confused drivers not knowing when to slow down so it does need to be uniform, unfortunately. I did come to the same conclusion as you but rethought it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Then that would lead to confused drivers not knowing when to slow down so it does need to be uniform, unfortunately. I did come to the same conclusion as you but rethought it.
How? a person has the manually turn the lights on and off, so if the lights are flashing you slow down, if they arnt you dont
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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No, I doubt it is manual. I have seen lights flashing during holidays >_< when school is definitely out for the day.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Really? Most school zones are about a mile in duration....reducing from 50 mph (higher that most posted limits around schools) to 20 mph means about an additional 40 seconds driving time - if that is gonna make a difference, you might want to leave a minute or two sooner.

Now, what DOES irk me to no end is the lack of lanes for folks trying to get into a school parking lot, who then end up blocking the traffic lanes, which in turn blocks the normal flow of traffic - THAT is what needs to be addressed, IMO.
A mile?!? Maybe up in the sticks where you live, but down in San Antonio proper they're more like a few blocks at the most!

Otherwise, I agree, it's a miniscule interruption to ones day, at most it may add an additional minute to a person's travels. It is ridiculous that any effort to increase the safety of school zones is complained about. Moderator cut: orphaned

Moderator cut: Off-Topic

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