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