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City Completes Installation of 13 New School Zone Flashing Safety Beacons

The Department of Public Service has finished installing new school zone flashing safety beacons at 13 schools within the City of Columbus in time for the 2015-2016 school year.  The beacons will increase safety for school children walking or riding bicycles to classes.

“We continue in invest in new signals, signs and other infrastructure to increase safety for children around Columbus schools,” said Councilmember Shannon Hardin, chair of City Council’s Public Service & Transportation Committee.  “But we need everyone to do their part to keep our children safe, and that includes motorists slowing down and observing all traffic laws to protect pedestrians and bicyclists.”

The new school zone flashing safety beacons were installed at the following locations:

  • Beatty Park Elementary School; 519 Trevitt Street
  • Bishop Ready High School; 707 Salisbury Road
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls; 1390 Bryden Road
  • Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy; 2155 Fenton Street
  • Cristo Rey Columbus High School; 400 East Town Street
  • Eastgate Elementary School; 1925 Stratford Way
  • Ecole Kenwood French Immersion Elementary School (at Northgate School); 6655 Sharon Woods Boulevard
  • KIPP Columbus Elementary School; 2750 Agler Road
  • Linden McKinley High School; 1320 Duxberry Road
  • Mifflin High School; 3245 Oak Spring Street
  • South High School; 1160 Ann Street
  • Sullivant Elementary School; 791 Griggs Avenue
  • West High School; 179 South Powell  Avenue
The City is currently updating all flashing signals to operate remotely or to use timers in order to replace older models that require officials at the school buildings turning them on and off each school day.

During the 2015-16 school year, the Department of Public Service will reach out to individual schools, both public and private, to assist with school transportation plans, assess potential needs and address any concerns or issues raised by the schools.

Safety Tips 

  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don't block the crosswalk
  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks