September 24, 2018 8:10 pm
Updated: September 25, 2018 2:18 pm

Calgary City Council votes to move forward with study of residential speed limit reduction

A speed limit sign on a residential street in Airdrie.

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City of Calgary administrative staff will move forward with a plan to develop the best recommendation for reducing the speed limit on some residential streets.

Councillors voted eight to six on Monday to endorse a motion calling for speeds to be reduced by up to 20 kilometres per hour.

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Councillor Druh Farrell led the charge earlier this month to see the unposted limits on neighbourhood streets reduced to 30 km/h. When that proposal was met with mixed reactions, she said a speed limit of 40 km/h could be a good compromise.

The default speed limit for Calgary streets, unless otherwise posted, is 50 km/h.

READ MORE: Airdrie mayor calls 30 km/h speed limit a ‘no-brainer’ for Calgary residential streets

City staff will start working on a report that will include an engagement and implementation plan along with a map of what roadways would be affected by the change.

The first part of the report — to be presented to the transportation and transit committee in the second quarter of 2019 — will look at which option is best for the reduction: 30 km/h or 40 km/h.

LISTEN: Councillor Peter Demong joins The Morning News to discuss council’s decision to reduce residential speed limits

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The second portion will include the entire implementation plan and will be presented in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The neighbouring City of Airdrie has had a speed limit of 30 km/h on residential streets since the early 1980s.

— With files from Lisa MacGregor, Aurelio Perri

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