Council's move to look at all residential speed limits getting positive response
Residents CBC News spoke with Wednesday were all in support of 40 km/h limit in residential areas
Edmonton city council's move to look at possible speed-limit reductions across all neighbourhoods is getting some positive response from citizens.
Early next year, council will see a report on changes to the maximum speed limits in neighbourhoods. Most are currently at 50 km/h but some neighbourhoods have already limited speeds to 40 km/h.
A handful of residents CBC News spoke with on Wednesday voiced support for 40 km/h as a new default speed limit.
The Ottewell, King Edward Park and Woodcroft neighbourhoods have already lowered their speed limits to 40 km/h after a city review.
Ottewell resident Ron Franks said he is happy with the change and wouldn't mind seeing it lowered further.
"To be honest with you, in that area with the cars parking on the street, I think it should be 30 km/h]," said Franks. "If kids are playing in between the cars and they step out, 40 [km/h] is too fast."
Ottewell, King Edward Park and Woodcroft first saw lower limits when they were included in a speed-reduction pilot project in 2010.
Twin Brooks, Westridge-Wolf Willow and Beverly Heights were also part of the pilot project, but they reverted back to 50 km/h.
Council moved this week to bring in 30 km/h speed limits around all playgrounds. The same limit applies during school hours at all elementary and junior high schools in the city.
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A new draft city charter signed by the province last month will allow the city to make changes to the default speed limits on residential streets.
Ward 12 Coun. Moe Banga said he is in favour of a citywide reduction to residential speed limits as a way of "making sure residents, especially younger population, are safer from any possible injuries or fatalities."
Ward 11 Coun. Mike Nickel said he'd prefer the city made decisions to change speed limits in neighbourhoods on a case-by-case basis instead of setting a blanket 40 km/h limit across all residential streets.
"Ritchie, in my ward, is not the same as Ekota," said Nickel. "The roads are different. The configurations are different."