The City of Regina is looking at making changes to the existing school zone bylaw.

Under the current bylaw, drivers are required to slow down to 40 km/h between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The proposed changes would see the speed limit drop to 30 km/h between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

City administration says decreasing the speed limit to 30 km/h increases a pedestrian’s chance of survival if they are struck by a vehicle.

The report also says the proposed change in hours is also more reflective of drop-off and pick-up times at schools. Its been proposed that crosswalks in school zones be upgraded to ‘zebra crossings’, which deliver higher visibility and meet national standards.

The estimated timeline to review, design and install new signage is eight and a half months. The review of existing school zone limits is expected to cost $25,000 and the cost of updating signage to support the reports recommendation is estimated at $180,000.

The report will go before city council on Aug. 27.