Scona Road speed limit debate steered to city council
Coun. Bryan Anderson says 50 kph is too slow, area residents say anything faster is unsafe
The speed limit on Scona Road proved to be too contentious for the city's transportation committee Wednesday.
The brakes were applied after 2 ½ hours of debate, with Coun. Bryan Anderson recommending the issue be sent on to city council.
Anderson fears the speed limit is set too low and is being used by the city as a speed-trap cash cow.
The speed limit on the six-lane southside road into the river valley from 99th Street is 50 kilometres per hour.
Every month speed traps snare hundreds, even thousands of drivers, issuing 3,833 speeding tickets in just two months last fall.
Anderson believes the road would easily support a 60-kph speed limit. Already nine of every 10 drivers on Scona Road travel over the current limit, he said.
But area residents say hiking the limit will save drivers a mere 13 seconds on their trip.
They also argue that people walking on 99th Street don't feel safe as it is and vehicles coming up Scona Road at 60 kph will continue at that speed on the narrower road.
Anderson said there's simply no data to support such a claim, that during the period when the 3,800 radar tickets were issued on Scona Road, only 10 were issued on 99th Street.
The debate will now move on to council, possibly as early as as next week.
With files from CBC's Lydia Neufeld