School zone safety project to cover 200 schools across Qatar
Over 200 schools in different areas in Qatar will be included in the school zone safety project being implemented by Ashghal. The project is part of the National Road Safety Strategy headed by H.E. Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani.
The development of roads surrounding 19 schools in various areas has been completed and some temporary traffic safety solutions for 11 schools have been carried out awaiting the permanent solutions to be implemented and fully developed. As part of integrated and temporary solutions, the development works of 10 other school zones are currently being implemented.
The 200 schools were selected for the programme based on a study conducted by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) to choose the school zones in urgent need for development. The programme aims at ensuring the safety of students and parents upon their arrival or departure from schools and at easing traffic congestion which is seen next to schools and which exacerbates due to the lack of parking spots and due to lack of sidewalks and footpaths.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”1″ position =”none” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]
The project includes:
- establishing safe roads in the school zones
- providing car parks
- building medians and small roundabouts in order to manage traffic flow in those areas
- placing signboards and road markings near schools
- securing a speed limit in the school zones to 30 km/h
- installing speed bumps
- constructing pedestrian footpaths
School zone safety is considered as one of the most important parts in the 2013-2022 National Roads Safety Strategy since it aims at protecting children who are the most affected by the traffic hazards.
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