Council to vote on speed reduction in Saskatoon neighbourhood

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Council to vote on speed reduction in Saskatoon neighbourhood
WATCH ABOVE: Residents in Montgomery Place say the neighbourhood is unique because pedestrians must share the road with vehicles. Joel Senick reports – May 23, 2016

Drivers in Saskatoon’s Montgomery Place neighbourhood will have to slow down if city council approves a recommendation to reduce the speed limit there by 10 km/h.

“A lot of us pedestrians would probably feel more comfortable on the roads,” Barb Biddle, the president of the Montgomery Place Community Association, said.

The group went door-to-door in 2014 and found that more than 80 per cent of residents were in favour of the reduction.

“When we had community meetings about reduced speed limit, we had larger turnouts to that than any other community meetings,” Biddle said.

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The speed reduction is necessary due to the characteristics of Montgomery’s roads, according to city councillor Pat Lorje, who lives in the community.

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“We have very narrow streets. They’re significantly narrower than any place else,” said Lorje, who added that she plans to vote in favour of the reduction.

“We have deep ditches, we have no side-walks and very long blocks that almost tend to encourage people to speed up.”

If approved, Biddle said the community association would be willing to put notices in newsletters and place signs in the area to notify drivers and pedestrians about the changes.

On Monday afternoon, Montgomery resident Patrick Little took time away from his yard work to express his support for the reduction. He said community members had come to his door two years ago, when they surveyed the neighbourhood.

“The roadway is the only true walking area we have throughout the neighbourhood,” said Little, who has lived in the community for more than a decade.

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