Reduced speed limit in Calgary could be 40 instead of 30 km/h

The amended notice of motion also seeks clarity on whether to include some collector roads, those that are bigger than your typical neighbourhood roadway.

Amended notice of motion leaves the decision in the hands of administration

City council is looking at reducing the default speed limit for Calgary's neighbourhood streets. (Danielle Nerman/CBC)

Calgary city council still plans to vote on whether to reduce un-posted residential speed limits, but it's no longer a given that the limit will be 30 km/h. 

An amended notice of motion submitted by Coun. Druh Farrell on Monday now asks administration to determine whether the limit should be 30 or 40 km/h.

Council voted 11 to 3 to approve the motion Monday, with Couns. Sean Chu, Peter Demong and Joe Magliocca voting against (Evan Woolley was absent).

It also seeks clarity on whether to include some collector roads, those that are bigger than your typical neighbourhood roadway.

The 40 km/h compromise was pitched by Coun. Shane Keating shortly after the initial motion was unveiled Sept. 4.

"Can you do that all at one crack? I'm not positive and so I would like to be able to say 'let's go to 40,'" Keating said on Sept. 6. 

"Let's get the bugs out of the system. Then re-evaluate and see if 30 is the right number."

The amended motion also calls for short-term "quick-build" traffic calming at priority intersections, and medium- and long-term plans for road design and safety improvements.

Administration would have to draw up an implementation plan and map of affected roadways for the standing policy committee on transportation and transit no later than the fourth quarter of 2019.