Councillor Hobbs hadn’t much support for her proposal to lower the residential speed limit to 40 kmh. In fact, her only supporter was Councillor Holmes. Where were these other councillors who moan about excessive speedy traffic? At the Mayor’s summit, my seatmate was Councillor Deans who gave a great spiel about the futility of wider roads, too-fast-traffic, etc. But not apparently for a 40 kmh limit. Councillor Cherneschenko?
The Civic Hospital neighborhood is organizing to get streets in their neighborhood signed for 40 kmh. Personally, I think they should shoot for 30 kmh. Then add some features to the road that make it advisable and prudent for motorists to actually obey the speed limit. Ottawa’s traffic engineers design residential streets like freeways, with “forgiveness” for excess speed built right in.
Oh, that’s forgiveness for the motorists. Not the hapless pedestrian run over because the sidewalk doubles as a “run off zone” for motorists.
Amongst the items on our discussion was producing official-looking but private speed limit signs that we could mount on lawns and move from street to street. Another idea was to guerilla-stencil the street with our own speed limit.
Communities are organizing to fight for safer limits. Here are some signs of the times.
And for residents of Dalhousie, the DCA Transportation Committee is organizing a pedestrian meeting in early June. The Guest Speaker has the evidence that local ward residents are more at risk from motorists than residents in other wards. More news soon.
And hopefully, more signs of the times.