On the "protecting the kiddies" issue . . .
I've got to agree with nero and Helper Monkey here. While, I was there watching, which was during the peak of the school pick-up time, there were NO children crossing at the crosswalk, with or without parents. (There were children crossing all right, but not at the crosswalk -- which I'll get to in a minute.)
Now I did see plenty of grown-ups crossing at the crosswalk. But they were all crossing there to get on or off the bus.
So the school zone is protecting grown-ups at the crosswalk, which is a good thing IMO. But on the other hand, pedestrians aren't entitled to their own speed zones, as far as I know. And certainly not zones with $189 fines.
Now then . . . as I was lurking about, a homeowner who lives in the area – one "Cathy B." – came out and asked me what I was doing.
"Don't be alarmed, citizen," I said. "I'm with the United Nations."
"Say, does this new school-zone thingie actually work?" I queried.
"Oh yes," she replied. "I like it. It's slowed traffic down here a lot."
"But I don't see any school kids crossing at the crosswalk."
"No. That's right. They never cross at the crosswalk. They all cross right here, in front of my house."
"I really used to worry about them before," she added. "It seemed like they were taking their life in their hands every time they dashed across. Now it's much better, 'cuz cars are going slower and drivers can see people crossing in time."
As we were speaking, a woman emerged from the school building with her little scholar in tow, walked down Frontenac to Fauntleroy, and darted across. They then got in their car and zipped off, and as they did, I noticed the woman yapping into a cell phone.
Now before you knot your knickers, consider that this woman was actually trying to be a good parent by not idling her car in front of the school building on Frontenac, as per school policy.
More on that in a jiff.