What is being proposed?
City 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.
- Vision Zero staff report to Civic Works Committee, 9 May 2017
- School Zone Speed Limit Policy report to Civic Works Committee, 18 July 2016
- School Zone Speed Limit Policy report to Civic Works Committee, 20 May 2015
- Request to civic administration to report back re: speed limits in school zones, 23 Mar 2015
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:
- 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;
- Consult with staff in Canmore, Alberta about their experience implementing the municipality’s “I Drive Safely” program, which uses automated speed enforcement.
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.)"