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REPORT TO:Community and Infrastructure Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:October 4, 2021 <br />SUBMITTED BY:Cronkite, Barry, Director, Transportation Services, <br />519-741-2200, ext. 7738 <br />PREPARED BY:Hosseini, Faranak,Transportation Planning Project Manager, <br />519-741-2200,ext. 7665 <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED:All Wards (1-10) <br />DATE OF REPORT:September 23, 2021 <br />REPORT NO.:DSD-2021-177 <br />SUBJECT:Neighbourhood Speed Limit Review <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That the speed limit in all residential neighbourhoods within the City of Kitchener be <br />reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h; <br />Thatthe speed limit in school zones and along signed and identified neighbourhood <br />bikeways be further reduced to 30km/h within residential neighbourhoods; <br />That the capital budget allocation required for implementation be referred to the 2022 <br />budget process; and further, <br />That the Uniform Traffic Bylaw be amended accordingly. <br />REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: <br />The purpose of this report isto summarize the results of the Neighbourhood Speed Limit <br />pilot project which evaluated the effectiveness of lowering speed limits in a <br />neighbourhood-wide context in three (3) residential neighbourhoods in Kitchener. <br />This report also reviews the experience of other municipalitiesandoutlines thecurrent <br />state of speed limits on Kitchener roads. <br />The key finding of this report isthat by reducingspeed limits(coupled with education <br />and engagement efforts)vehicle operating speeds were reducedby3km/h (7%) on <br />average. The observed reduction is consistent with the experience of other <br />municipalities reviewed in this report. <br />The estimatedcapitalcost for signing the Neighbourhood Speed Limit Areas is <br />$550,000.Thisincludesapproximately$475,000 for signage and installationand <br />$75,000 for communications and engagement.This project is not expected to have a <br />immediate impact on the operatingbudget, but it should be noted that regulatory signs <br />are measured for reflectivity on an annual basis and must be replaced once reflectivity <br />reduces beyond a certain threshold. <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />