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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  • Heather Phillips
    signed 2021-01-12 18:24:14 -0500
  • Claude Bastin
    signed 2021-01-12 17:31:43 -0500
    TrueType needed especially with all the work being done in area and cars detouring thru residential areas with ample children playing road hockey or just riding bikes.
  • Sandra Snooks
    signed 2021-01-12 16:08:10 -0500
  • Anne Marie Timmermans
    signed 2021-01-12 16:02:51 -0500
  • Paul Samuel
    signed 2021-01-12 15:19:29 -0500
    absolutely- save lives and property
  • Matthew Brown
    signed 2021-01-12 15:03:31 -0500
    I fully support this and think it should extend to all residential neighborhoods throughout the city. why would it only apply to Woodfield but not neighborhoods like Old East or Wortley Village which have narrower streets then Woodfield and often have more on street parking.
  • Michael Clark
    signed via 2021-01-12 13:57:43 -0500
  • Sarah Steele
    signed 2021-01-12 13:18:53 -0500
  • Tara Kovach
    signed 2021-01-12 13:09:14 -0500
  • Linda McDougall
    signed 2021-01-12 12:57:19 -0500
  • Jennifer Pastorius
    signed 2021-01-12 12:34:55 -0500
  • Stefanie Smith
    signed 2021-01-12 12:27:10 -0500
    I live on Central east of Adelaide I have requested for many years for there to be speed bumps & or stop signs on my road to no avail. I am happy my road will become a dead end and nobody will come on it but I still feel the speed limit won’t stop people from speeding on my road as it is like a landing strip for airplanes. and people always drive 60 to 80 Down My Rd..
  • Mark Helsten
    signed 2021-01-12 12:25:49 -0500
  • Sarah Howard
    signed 2021-01-12 12:13:31 -0500
  • Peter Strack
    signed 2021-01-12 11:44:26 -0500
    Thank you Jesse…would love to talk sometime about on street parking issues.
  • Kristina Fry
    signed via 2021-01-12 11:27:53 -0500
  • Caroll Halford
    signed 2021-01-12 11:25:09 -0500
    Our black is crazy with speeders and it is a stop at both ends of the street.
  • Emily Cowell
    signed 2021-01-12 11:23:02 -0500
  • Guido Mulder
    signed 2021-01-12 11:22:16 -0500
  • Paul Seale
    signed 2021-01-12 11:21:54 -0500
    Speed reduction is harm reduction. I would dearly love to see motor vehicles limited to 30kph on residential streets, reducing the likelihood of death or serious injury to all road users. This is a step in the right direction.
  • Tonya Whiteside
    signed 2021-01-12 11:21:40 -0500
  • Carole Perraud
    signed 2021-01-12 11:19:08 -0500
  • Kate Graham
    signed 2021-01-12 11:18:19 -0500
  • Jesse Helmer
    published this page in Issues & Ideas 2021-01-12 10:57:32 -0500