Is the drive driving you mad?

In Communications by Elisa

Failure to stop ticket. The crosswalks, no left turns on Fairford and late turns on the amber light at Coxwell become cash cows for the city. It happens every year without fail. Most of the issues are:


Please make complete stops, especially with all of the young children walking to and from school. By simply taking a second look, you could save someone’s life.


Traveling west, you cannot turn left from Fairford Avenue onto Ashdale Avenue or onto Woodfield Road. No left turns until 9 am. This is to help reduce through way traffic on residential streets.


Pedestrians have the right of way. Always. No exceptions. Kids have been known to run out onto the road. Always expect the unexpected. Go slow.


If you’re not in a legal spot and you leave your car, don’t be surprised if you get a ticket. Park in marked designated areas or if you’re on school business park in the lot just south of the school.


Equinox is a proud Platinum Eco School. Turn your car off if you’re staying longer than a few seconds to prevent toxic exhaust spewing out right at our children’s face level.


Just don’t double park. There have been too many near-misses with kids. Pull over to the curb and park, even if it means your child has to walk a few extra steps to get to the school gate.

Between 8 am to 9:30 am , 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 5 pm there are literally three spots on Ashdale Avenue and five spots on Hiawatha Road that offer 10 minutes of legal parking. Before 8 am and after 5 pm a lot more street parking is available, but with the limited number of spots for drop-off and pick-up, you may want to pick another spot. The entire stretch on Fairford Avenue, the north end of the school, offers 10 minutes of parking too.

If you need to park for longer and go into the school, many of the surrounding streets offer 1 hour of parking. Walk the extra 50 feet. There is a pay and park south of the school yard. Park there if you’ve got school business, this parking lot is meant for school use and is free during the day. Ask the office if you need to park there while volunteering in the school.

We share this area with the community and it seems to become an issue every year at some point. Let’s all be respectful of our neighbours and remember it’s about keeping everyone safe.

Elisa Keay