Before the new school year gets underway, City Hall wants to hear your say on whether school zone speed limits should be lowered in London.
The Civic Works Committee is inviting residents to a public participation meeting Monday afternoon at 1:30p.m., focused on whether the current speed limit of 50km an hour should be reduced.
Councillor Virginia Ridley wants to see the limit reduced to 40km an hour, but city politicians voted in May to gather public input before making any decisions.
“My request was that we look at ways to improve road safety and we know we want kids walking to and from school, we know that’s a better start to their day, to be active, and we want our communities to be safer, so one way that we were able to do that is to reduce speed limits in school zones,” said Ridley.
The Thames Valley District school board wants to see the limit reduced to 30km an hour, which would greatly lower the risk of fatality in pedestrian collisions.
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.
The new speed limit would be in effect 24 hours a day, not just during school hours, and cost City Hall roughly $100,000 to install close to 500 new signs.
Ridley said there would also be an education campaign to inform residents of the change.
“There should be no excuses that people don’t know that the speed limit is changing,” she said. “We need to do significant education to make sure that people are aware of that. Police will enforce the posted rate, so we will have an education and enforcement and not just put signs in the ground and expect change.”
City officials in Guelph recently implemented reduced speed limits in school zones to between 30 and 40 km/hour.