Letter: School zones

March 30, 2014 

Every school day our children walk to and from school without the same safety measures other children in the Valley have. Our neighborhood lost busing to school due to budget cuts about three years ago.

A pedestrian-activated stoplight was installed at a crosswalk at the end of Muir Ridge Drive where it intersects with Cloverdale Road. Cloverdale is extremely busy with a speed limit of 40 mph. In the morning there is a lot of traffic going north to work at speeds on average of 40 to 50 mph. In the afternoon the same with people going south home from work. In between there are children in kindergarten to 5th grade trying to get to and from Pepper Ridge Elementary. Cars frequently go through the signal's red light, creating a bit of concern for the kids in the crosswalk.

My question is why wasn't this designated a school zone with a 20 mph speed limit during school hours like most of the other schools in the Valley? Spaulding school, which is only a mile down the same road, is a school zone. Why not our school? I see lots of other school zones in the area on roads with a much lower speed limit. Who decides which kids get more safety than others in the Valley?

Kim Leeds, Boise

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