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City reminds drivers of higher school zone traffic

Released on Friday, October 2, 2020
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With Poudre School District’s youngest students returning to schools next week, the City of Fort Collins is reminding drivers that increased traffic, including pedestrians and bicyclists, is likely around schools.

PSD is shifting to hybrid in-person and remote education, with students in preschool through grade 2 returning to schools Oct. 5. The week of Oct. 19, students in grades 3-5 and at the secondary level will start in-person classes. Because bus transportation is limited this year due to COVID-19, the City and PSD expect more students to arrive at school on foot, by bicycle, or in a personal car.

As a result, traffic is expected to be higher around schools at the beginning and end of the school day. Drivers are advised to keep school traffic in mind when traveling in the city.

Drivers should always exercise increased care when driving through school zones, and should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicycles, school buses, and vehicle traffic.

The City also offers free educational programming that focus on roadway safety for both kids and adults. Courses for adults such as Smart Cycling and Bicycle Friendly Driver can be found at engage.fcgov.com, and information about courses for kids is available at fcgov.com/saferoutes.