Committee OK’s change to speed zone policy - Metro US

Committee OK’s change to speed zone policy

Residents hoping to reduce the posted speed limit on their streets may need just 60 per cent of their neighbours on board to have it done.

Yesterday, the city’s transportation committee approved an updated speed zoning policy, designed to increase community engagement in the process for setting speed limits in local residential and rural communities.

Initially, the recommended threshold for having the speed limit reduced was 75 per cent.

Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson asked for that to be reduced to 60 per cent because she said it was almost impossible to get 75 per cent of the residents on one street.

Committee chair and River Ward Coun. Maria McRae said the threshold was too low.“I won’t want to be in the 40 per cent of the people who go (away) … and have the speed limit changed …,” she said.

New residential streets will automatically have the speed limits, with signs to be posted, at 40 km/h. The unposted limit will remain at 50 km/h as set by the province.

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