It comes less than a week after children started the new school year , but it’s something that many have been pushing for, for some time.
Speed limits on some residential streets will drop from 40 km/h to 30km/h, in efforts to improve pedestrian and road safety.
Just over $1 million will be spent changing nearly 4, 500 signs, and over 300 traffic signals will be adjusted.
3 years ago, the Toronto Board of Health issued a report, Road to Health: A Healthy Toronto by Design, which called for limits to drop by 10 kms.
” Small increases in traffic speeds results in a disproportionately large increase in pedestrian fatalities. For example, pedestrians have an estimated 85% chance of dying when hit by a car travelling at 50 km/hr but fatality rates decrease to less than 5% when the car travels at 30 km/hr. Decreasing vehicle speed to 30 km/hr on residential streets and adopting a city- wide speed limit of 40 km/hr on all other streets would improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Last summer, 7 year old Georgia Walsh was struck and killed by a minivan near her Leaside home, while crossing an intersection. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of careless driving charges. But it was her death which inspired a city-wide campaign, urging drivers to slow down.
City council approved the motion to drop speed limits earlier this year.