April 5/ 2019

You May have noticed new signs in the parking garage. Why, you ask?

Idling is running a vehicle engine when it’s not moving. While some idling is hard to avoid, most idling is wasteful and avoidable. A vehicle that is idling is getting ZERO KM per LITRE.

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FOR OUR KIDS - Idling Pollutes Air and Threatens Health
Idling vehicle contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects.
Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of air toxins during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children. Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects.
Children are more vulnerable to air pollution, as they breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight.

FOR OUR WALLET - Idling is Expensive
An idling car wastes about 2 litres of fuel per hour; medium- and heavy-duty trucks waste even more. Idling for 12 minutes burns enough gas to drive 38 kilometres.
While one vehicle idling may not have much of an impact, the cumulative impacts of many vehicles idling at once are significant. (for example, if 5% of the 1.5 million vehicles in Toronto were idling for an hour (75,000), it would equal 150,000 lost litres of gas = $ 180,000).
Contrary to popular belief, idling for more than 10 seconds costs more than turning off and restarting your engine.

The transportation sector emitted 173 Mt CO2 eq (24%). From increased incidences of droughts, to coastal flooding, to the expanding melt of sea ice in our Arctic, the widespread impacts of climate change compel Canadians to do their part.
When idling, fuel is only partially combusted, causing build-up in engine components and decreasing engine efficiency over time.

Idling is not an effective way to warm up modern vehicles. Many important components don’t warm up until you start driving.
A poorly tuned engine can use up to 15% more fuel when idling than a well tuned engine, highlighting fuel and GHG emission savings that can be achieved by maintaining your engine.

The Idling Control By-law in Toronto, Chapter 517 PDF of the Municipal Code and By-law 775-2010 limits idling to no more than one (1) minute in a 60-minute period per Litre.

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We have been getting some feedback from the community that there has been an erosion of process at pick up and drop off. For the safety of the children we ask those who are involved with (vehicular) pick-up and drop off re-familiarize themselves with the process. Additionally, two of our staff are on hand to provide added safety and flow at these peak times. We ask that you follow their guidance and direction.

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If you are dropping off your child in the morning, you must proceed to the laneway south of 1320 Yonge Street.This is a one-way lane hat conveniently exits onto Woodlawn Avenue. If you require short-stay parking, the garage will be open from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. For safety purposes, you will be required to escort your child to the school door. Please note that the entrance and exit from the parking garage is a one-way lane, so please be courteous to other drivers. The right turn out of the garage is tight for large vehicles, so please take care with this turn. The York School will have staff members stationed at the garage entrance to help aid the flow of traffic and ensure student safety.The laneway door of the school will be open from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM; otherwise students must enter through the front door.

We recommend that students take the TTC (we are conveniently located between St. Clair and Summerhill stations), cycle, or arrange drop-off and pick-up a few blocks from the school. If you still wish to pick-up, please proceed to the visitor parking and arrange to meet your child there. The parking garage will be open for pick-up between 3:15 PM - 4:0 PM. Please note there are only 16 spaces. As an idle free zone, we ask that you turn off the car for your health and for those of others.


Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.  

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