Reduce the speed limit South of Oxford St

What is being proposed?

Area for reduced speed limits: Adelaide St to Oxford St to Highbury Ave to Florence/YorkCity council approved lowering the speed limit on residential streets to 40 km/hr and designating areas as Community Safety Zones, which increases the fines for speeding and allows automated speed enforcement to be used in the area.

Woodfield and Downtown were two of the first areas to be designated and have speed limits reduced, which is why you see lower speed limit signs at intersections with streets like Adelaide and Oxford.

If you would like to see the area from Adelaide St to Oxford St to Highbury to Florence/York be designated next with a 40km/hr speed limit and increased fines for speeding, please sign this petition

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The zones are likely to be extended so they connect to each other, so I expect North of Oxford St and East of Highbury to follow soon after.


Bill 65 (Safer Schools Act, 2017), empowers municipalities in Ontario to set speed limits below 50 km/hr (through a designating bylaw) and to use automated speed enforcement in community safety zones and in school zones. Bill 65 received Royal Assent on 30 May 2017.

Automated speed enforcement has been shown to reduce average speeds of vehicles, reduce the incidence of speeding and reduce the number and severity of crashes. The main results of a 2010 Cochrane Review, which examined 35 studies of automated speed enforcement in multiple jurisdictions found that:

“Compared with controls, the relative reduction in average speed ranged from 1% to 15% and the reduction in proportion of vehicles speeding ranged from 14% to 65%. In the vicinity of camera sites, the pre/post reductions ranged from 8% to 49% for all crashes and 11% to 44% for fatal and serious injury crashes. Compared with controls, the relative improvement in pre/post injury crash proportions ranged from 8% to 50%.”

The City of London's Road Safety Strategy (2014-2019) did not anticipate that municipalities would be able to set lower speed limits by area and use automated speed enforcement within those areas. On 16 May 2017, we unanimously adopted the Vision Zero principles, which include “no loss of life is acceptable” and “traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable.”

In March 2015, municipal council requested city staff to report back to civic works committee with respect to lowering speed limits in school zones. In May 2015, municipal council directed city staff to finalize a draft policy for lower speed limits in school zones. The policy was passed by council in July 2016 and bylaw amendments have been brought forward and passed since that meeting to implement 40km/hr limits in school zones throughout the city. A list of the current 40km/hr limits is available (PDF). Learn more at the city's overview page for school zone speed limits.

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Request to Municipal Council

Councillors Mohamed Salih, Josh Morgan, Virginia Ridley, Jared Zaifman and myself brought forward a letter with the following resolution to civic works committee.

Recognizing that automated speed enforcement is not included in the City of London's road safety strategy, we believe we should move forward on this front immediately, given the anticipated positive impact of automated speed enforcement, by implementing automated speed enforcement in community safety zones and school zones, along with speed limits at 40 km/hr or lower.

We are seeking support from Municipal Council for the following resolution:

Civic Administration BE DIRECTED to:

    1. Consult with the members of the London Road Safety Coalition, appropriate advisory committees, local school boards and other stakeholders on the potential implementation of automated speed enforcement in community safety zones and school zones;
    2. Consult with staff in Canmore, Alberta about their experience implementing the municipality’s “I Drive Safely” program, which uses automated speed enforcement.
    3. Report back to the appropriate standing committee on:
      • a proposed approach to automated speed enforcement in community safety zones and school zones;
      • speed limits at or below 40 km/hr for community safety zones and school zones;
      • a proposed budget for the overall automated speed enforcement program; and
      • a proposed allocation for any revenues collected via automated speed enforcement in excess of the costs of the program — for example, for any excess revenues to fund other vision zero road safety initiatives.
      • any preliminary data gathered about the effectiveness of existing measures deployed in school zones (pedestrian crossovers, road markings, lower speed limits, etc.)"
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  • Jessica Justrabo
    signed via 2021-01-25 16:47:26 -0500
  • Jen MacRae
    signed via 2021-01-23 10:57:57 -0500
    Fully support lowering the speed limits on residential streets. I would love to learn more about how these lower limits will be enforced, because I have yet to see any enforcement in the current 40km/h zones, and have experienced road rage from other drivers when I follow the new limits. It’s a huge problem. I’m all for camera enforcement if that’s an option. :)
  • Sonia Wolf
    signed via 2021-01-22 18:31:04 -0500
  • Jared Dalton
    signed via 2021-01-22 18:28:58 -0500
  • Andrea Johnson
    signed via 2021-01-22 17:20:23 -0500
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2021-01-21 10:23:27 -0500
    Sign the petition to reduce the residential speed limit South of Oxford St in Ward 4! #oevldn #ldnont
  • Jesse Whiteside
    signed via 2021-01-19 13:03:07 -0500
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2021-01-19 12:19:57 -0500
    Sign the petition to reduce the residential speed limit South of Oxford St in Ward 4! #oevldn #ldnont
  • Chantel Rivard
    signed 2021-01-18 16:18:28 -0500
  • Matthew Daubs
    signed 2021-01-18 07:14:45 -0500
    The speed and volume of traffic on Queens has significantly increased since the road work began on Dundas.
  • marianne patterson
    signed 2021-01-17 12:20:54 -0500
  • Rick Mayer
    signed 2021-01-16 21:03:36 -0500
  • Kathryn Mayer
    signed 2021-01-16 20:22:48 -0500
  • Rick Watson
    signed 2021-01-16 18:06:59 -0500
  • James Sinfield
    signed 2021-01-16 16:54:24 -0500
  • Robert Mayer
    signed 2021-01-16 15:37:40 -0500
    Very important!! Lots of kids live on these streets.
  • Heather Mayer
    signed 2021-01-16 15:14:06 -0500
  • Mary Delorme
    signed 2021-01-16 13:39:06 -0500
  • Greg Gillies
    signed 2021-01-16 11:51:44 -0500
    I agree with this first action provided it includes all arterial roads as they run through the indicated area which are primarily residential in use, regardless of their zoning designation.

    It should be done in concert with a overall review of the road network in this area. Residents with knowledge and examples of specific and chronic trouble spots should be part of any review. Many accidents, close calls, or chronically re occurring incidents do not appear statistically yet are valuable information that will provide planners with valuable information of backup at the least.

    Scheduled road maintenance and infrastructure changes should be coordinated with a master plan for the best long-term results.

    Protecting and improving the safety of these older residential neighborhoods as it pertains to roadways should not be viewed a roads department issue but a urban planning issue.
  • Kristina Simpson
    signed 2021-01-13 22:55:46 -0500
  • John Northey
    signed 2021-01-13 18:57:08 -0500
  • Andrew Black
    signed 2021-01-13 18:11:09 -0500
    This should apply for every residential street in London. To many people drive past my house o m Elliott St doing 80kmph too. 😢
  • Jules O’Connor-Klar
    signed via 2021-01-13 09:32:27 -0500
  • Myles Davis
    signed via 2021-01-13 09:17:00 -0500
  • Lynn Bertie
    signed 2021-01-13 06:57:36 -0500
  • Rita Snedden
    signed 2021-01-13 00:15:42 -0500
  • David Ball
    signed via 2021-01-12 23:40:19 -0500
  • Mark Anderson
    signed 2021-01-12 21:23:41 -0500
    As someone who walks and runs in the oneighbourhood I would feel safer with a lowered speed limit.
  • Nathalie Edwards-Leroux
    signed 2021-01-12 19:50:03 -0500
  • Luis Patricio
    signed 2021-01-12 19:24:20 -0500
    Lower speed can save lives.