Speed limit signs disappear from Winnipeg streets

A group of Winnipeggers wants to know why the city is quietly removing speed-limit signs from residential areas.

Local group calls for more signs, city removes existing ones

Wise Up Winnipeg asked the City of Winnipeg to post more speed-limit signs in residential areas, and they responded by taking 10 down. Now residents have signed a petition to get the signs re-posted. 1:50

A group of Winnipeggers wants to know why the city is quietly removing speed-limit signs from residential areas.

Wise Up Winnipeg, a group that monitors traffic law enforcement in Winnipeg, said the city has been plucking signs from East Kildonan that remind drivers the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour.

Chris Sweryda of Wise Up Winnipeg said the city needs more, not fewer signs to remind drivers to slow down.

The city of Winnipeg has removed about 10 speed limit signs following request from a citizen to add more signs. (CBC)

"I think it’s an obvious ploy to increase ticket revenues, and I think it goes against the city’s claims that they want drivers to just slow down," said Sweryda.

But city officials say residents should know the speed limit is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted.

Officials argue having the signs up provides inconsistency in the city and more are set to come down.

Resident Matt Wrenn said he sees the sign removal as an attempt to raise revenue for the city.

"I think you’ll see the signs are gone, and the radar vehicles are out," said Wrenn.

Patricia Matthews, who lives on Springfield Road, said she’s worried about the safety of children in the area.

"I want them back up. There are so many children coming out of school here and crossing the road. It’s dangerous," said Matthews.

Petition being circulated

Sweryda said before the signs were removed, he told the city there were five signs each on McLeod Avenue and Springfield Road but none on Hespeler Avenue.

He asked that the city put some up.

"They responded by removing all the signs on McLeod and all the signs on Springfield," said Sweryda.

All 10 signs were removed, so Sweryda began a petition to save the signs.

So far 259 East Kildonan residents have signed the petition.

North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty said the speed limit signs are not needed anymore because traffic volumes on those streets have dropped dramatically, and there have been fewer speeders.

However, Browaty said he will act on residents' concerns and ask officials to put the signs back up.

"I have no problem with having additional street signs … if it helps residents feel better, but I don't see a return of those signs being of much help," he said.

Browaty said if people want to catch speeders, the city should install photo radar cameras in the area.