Esquimalt conducting survey on speed limit reductions

Esquimalt conducting survey on speed limit reductions

Esquimalt is considering joining the list of municipalities that are lowering speed limits, and is conducting a survey to hear residents’ thoughts.

The proposal is to reduce the speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour on “major roads” and 30 km/h on all the others.

Roads identified for the 40 speed limit are:

  • Esquimalt Road
  • Lampson Street
  • Craigflower Road
  • Tillicum Road
  • Colville Road
  • Admirals Road

With the remainder being 30 km/h.

“Speeds are a major factor in creating a pedestrian and bike friendly environment,” the engagement website says, “reductions to speed limits on township roads can lower vehicle operating speeds, improve road safety and improve neighbourhood livability.”

Esquimalt is accepting responses on its survey until May 7.

Studies have shown that in the event that a pedestrian is hit by a driver of a vehicle, the chances of the person surviving increase as speeds lower.

Edmonton has been working on a “Vision Zero” plan, which is the term used for places working to achieve zero traffic fatalities, and says since 2015 has seen a 50 per cent reduction in traffic-related fatalities. (Source: City of Edmonton)

Locally, Saanich and Victoria have both voted to lower speed limits.

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