School zones times changing in Kelowna

Starting times will be pushed back to 7:30 a.m. from the current 8 a.m. to accommodate early school opening hours.

School zone times are changing in Kelowna to start at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.

You are going to have to drive slower for longer in Kelowna school zones stating in September.

The city has agreed to extend speed limit hours in local school zones by 30 minutes just in time for a return to school by local students.

The new times for the zones, many of which have a speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour on weekdays, will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. instead of the existing 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Kelowna city council approved the change after being told by staff  the earlier start times will accommodate earlier programs at area schools.

The change will mean repainting about 100 city signs, something city staff say was already planned for this year.

As a result, the cost to the the city will be minimal, say city staff.

The city and the local school district will develop a joint communications strategy to get word out to motorists about the change priorto school re-starting up in September.