London is one step closer to having a reduced speed limit in school zones.
The Civic Works Committee has endorsed a plan to reduce the speed limit around schools from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
Council will make a final decision next week.
A push by the public school board to reduce the speed limit down to 30 km/h was rejected by the committee.
The Thames Valley District school board has initially requested that 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.
The decision will impact 116 schools in London but not those arterial roads.
The speed limit change would be rolled out over a two year period as staff examined traffic needs in each location.
Earlier this year, City officials in Guelph implemented reduced speed limits in school zones to between 30 and 40 km/hour.