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Effectiveness of Reduced Speed Limits <br />A number ofmunicipalities throughout Canada have already lowered speed limits <br />throughout selected neighbourhoods.Table 1summarizes the experience of other <br />municipalities on the effectiveness of reduced speed limits without making any road <br />geometry changes / physical measures. <br />Table 1–Experience of Other Canadian Municipalities with Lowering Speed Limits <br />LocationDetails <br />Saskatchewan, Speed limit on all local roads within Montgomery Neighbourhood was <br />ONreduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in 2016. <br />Changes were effective on some streets resulting in 1.4 to 4.9 km/h <br />reduction in operating speeds. However,the speed limit changes were <br />not evenlyeffective across the entire neighbourhood. <br />Toronto, ONSpeed limits were reduced from 40 km/h to 30 km/h insomeresidential <br />areas in 2015 and 2016. <br />There was a 28% reduction in the collisions involving pedestrians and <br />a 67% reduction in serious and fatal injuries because ofthe speed <br />reduction. <br />Calgary, ABSpeed limit was reduced to30 km/h in school zones and playground <br />zones with fixed hours (7 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week) <br />The mean traffic speed was reduced by 6 km/h from 36 km/h to 30 <br />km/h. <br />The number of collisions involving pedestrians decreased by 33% in <br />playground zones. <br />Edmonton, ABSpeed limits were lowered in six residential neighbourhoods in 2010. <br />Operating speeds were reduced as a result of reducing speed limits. <br />The operating speed reduction ranged from 4% to 11% depending on <br />the community. <br />Neighbourhood Speed Limit Pilot Results <br />To assess the effectiveness of the reducedspeed limits on a neighbourhood-wide scale, <br />City Council approveda pilot project that reduced the speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h <br />in three (3) residential neighbourhoods.The speed limits were further reduced to 30 km/h in <br />school zones within these areas.To communicate this change and educate the public on <br />Neighbourhood Speed Limit Areas, geotargeted social media content wasposted and post <br />cards were sent out to all impacted residents.In addition, notifications were sent to local <br />schools to make parents aware of the speed limit change within school zones.The three (3) <br />residential areas piloted are as follows: <br />Huron Area –This area is located in Ward 5 and is bounded by Fischer-Hallman <br />Road, Huron Natural Area and Huron Road <br />Doon South Area –This area is located in Ward 4 and is bounded by Homer Watson <br />Boulevard, Conestoga College Boulevard, New Dundee Road, Reidel Road, <br />Caryndale Drive, Stauffer Drive, Tilts Bush and Schneider Greenway <br />Idlewood Area –This area is located inWard 2 and is bounded by River Road East, <br />Ottawa Street North, Lackner Boulevard and Fairway Road North <br />