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New zones at elementary and pre-schools to be phased in by end of school year

Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 13, 2014) -  A new 15mph speed limit is being implemented at public elementary and pre-schools around Berkeley.

The new signs, whose installation begins in March, will be on all streets surrounding 10 of Berkeley Unified School District’s elementary schools and three pre-schools.

The signs will be phased in one school at a time, beginning with the pre-schools, through the end of the school year. Berkeley Police will be enforcing the new speed law.

The new speed limits were established by the Berkeley City Council on December 17, 2013.

15 mph sign - 2014 03 13California Assembly Bill AB 321 allows local governments to reduce speed limits on residential streets or two-lane roads within 500 feet of a school as long as speed limits are already 30 mph or less. The restrictions on the state law preclude 15 mph streets adjacent to John Muir Elementary, which is bounded by Ashby and Claremont avenues,

Please pay attention to the new signs, whose design is mandated by state law, and slow down to 15 mph when children are present around these locations.

California Vehicle Code Section 22358.4 defines “when children are present” as “….while children are going to or leaving the school, either during school hours or during the noon recess period” 
• Franklin Preschool)
• Hopkins Early Childhood
• King Child Development Center

Elementary schools:
• Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier (BAM)
• Cragmont Elementary
• Emerson Elementary
• Jefferson Elementary
• LeConte Elementary
• Malcolm X Elementary
• Oxford Elementary
• Rosa Parks Elementary
• Thousand Oaks Elementary
• Washington Elementary 


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