Council has voted in favour of getting the public’s thoughts on speed limits in school zones.
During Tuesday’s meeting, city politicians signed off on a plan to gather feedback from residents on what speed they think drivers should be limited to when they’re travelling through school zones.
A proposal originally brought forward to council by Councillor Virginia Ridley to have speed limits dropped to 40 km/hr in school zones has yet to receive full support at the committee level.
The current limit is 50 km/h. The TVDSB initially requested the limit be dropped to 30 km/hr in school zones.
Instead, Councillors unanimously supported a staff recommendation last week to seek out the opinion of residents on the issue.
Staff will now look at scheduling a public participation meeting to gauge how Londoners feel about dropping speed limits at the majority of London’s 131 schools, 24 hours a day.
No date for that meeting was set, though.
According to a staff report, the risk of fatal pedestrian injury drops from around 70 per cent at 50 km/hr, to less than 30 per cent at 40 km/hr. The risk drops to 10 per cent at 30 km/hr.
Some Councillors who spoke during Tuesday’s meeting also felt there was a need to investigate traffic issues other than speed, so staff will be investigating issues with crosswalks and sidewalks as well.
City officials in Guelph recently implemented reduced speed limits in school zones to between 30 and 40 km/hour.