Speed limits are officially coming down on eleven (11) major regional roads.
Council approved the changes to its by-laws at its April 19, 2012 meeting, meaning new road signs and police enforcement will soon follow.
The decided speed limit reductions along these road sections will represent an average travel time increase of approximately 50 seconds per vehicle.
All the posted maximum speed limit signs will be changed over by May 4, 2012 on all of the affected roadways.
In the City of Toronto, Dr. David McKeown Medical Officer of Health City of Toronto is proposing lowering speed limits by 10 km/h on some roads and 20 km/h on other roads to protect cyclists and pedestrians from motor vehicles. Toronto’s City Council will decide on May 8, 2012 whether or not to support Dr. McKeown’s vision.
Montreal reduced its standard residential speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in 2009 and 2010.
The affected roads and limits include:
• Dropping the speed limit on Hwy. 7 to 60 km/h between Wideman Street/Christman Court and Donald Cousens Parkway in Markham;
• Creating a 50 km/h zone on Woodbine Avenue between the north and south bypasses;
• Reducing the limit on Woodbine, in Georgina, to 60 km/h between Glenwoods Avenue South and 150 metres north of Church Street;
• Major Mackenzie Drive West in Vaughan will see a series of changes with the limit set at 60 km/h from Hwy. 27 to Islington Avenue, changing to 70 km/h between Islington and Pine Valley Drive, then 60 km/h over to Weston Road and 60 km/h between McNaughton Road East/Peter Rupert Avenue and Bathurst Street;
• Bathurst Street’s 70 km/h zone north of Hwy. 7 will be reduced to 60 km/h up to Elgin Mills/Teston Road. The stretch to the north, now set at 80 km/h, will be reduced to 70 km/h up to just south of King Road;
• Dufferin Street similarly sees its changing speed zones harmonized. The new limit is 60 km/h from north of Centre Street up to Kirby Road, after which it goes up to 70 km/h;
• The existing speed limit on Rutherford Road is increased to 60 km/h on either side of Hwy. 27 but reduced to 60 km/h from east of Islington Avenue to west of Creditstone Road/Melville Avenue and between Barrhill Road/Westburne Drive and Bathurst Street;
• The limit is now 70 km/h on Keele Street from north of Teston Road to King-Vaughan Line and to 50 km/h just south of Teston;
• 14th Avenue is now 50 km/h between Box Grove By-Pass and Reesor Road;
• The limit rises on 15th Sideroad to 60 km/h between Dufferin and Bathurst;
• Islington will be reduced to 60 km/h between Rutherford and Major Mackenzie.
The region approved a new policy for assessing speed limits last year.
It seeks to improve safety by lowering limits to 60 km/h in urban areas while maintaining 70 km/h limits on border roads and 80 km/h in rural areas.
It also aims to harmonize limits so drivers are not constantly seeing speeds changing every few kilometres.