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Speed Limits Reduced to 30 km/h In Neighbourhoods Across Toronto

September 18, 2015

Speed Limits Reduced to 30 km/h In Neighbourhoods Across TorontoThe first of 12 affected wards in downtown Toronto and East York saw residential speed limits reduced from 40 km/h to 30 km/h this week.

The move is in response to a recommendation made by Councillor Josh Matlow after a seven-year-old girl was struck and killed in Leaside last summer. In June, councillors unanimously voted to reduce speed limits from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on 387 km of residential roads.

Related Read: School Zone Safety – Keeping An Eye Out For The Kids

Ward 22′s speed limits were reduced on Monday

Councillor Matlow’s ward 22 (St. Paul’s) was the first to have posted speed limits reduced on Monday. This ward stretches from Eglinton to Bayview, cuts south down through the Don Valley and across the Canadian Pacific Railway, and continues over to Spadina Ave.

The rest of the wards will have signs replaced over the next year. The move will cost the city approximately $1.1 million, but experts argue the reduction could be the difference between life and death for anyone struck by a vehicle.

According to the World Health Organization, pedestrians have a 90 per cent chance of survival if hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 km/h or less. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, found this number could be closer to 95 per cent, but the survival rate drops to 15 per cent if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h.

Other wards affected by speed limit reductions

The following 11 wards are also affected:

  • Ward 14 (Parkdale-High Park)
  • Ward 18 (Davenport)
  • Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina)
  • Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina)
  • Ward 21 (St. Paul’s)
  • Ward 27 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
  • Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
  • Ward 29 (Toronto-Danforth)
  • Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth)
  • Ward 31 (Beaches-East York)
  • Ward 32 (Beaches-East York)

Find out if you’re affected by reviewing the city’s ward profiles here.

Making the roads safer for all Ontarians

The changes to speed limits in residential neighbourhoods in Toronto come at a time when the province has also re-evaluated its stance on certain offences including distracted driving. Find out more about those changes and how they’ll affect your auto insurance below.

Related Read: Steer Clear of Tickets – New Ontario Rules of the Road

Tickets, fines and safety

Drivers should exercise caution and pay attention to when these speed limits come into affect in the respective wards. Just one speeding ticket can have a negative impact on your auto insurance rates.

But more importantly, by following the rules of the road and obeying speed limits we’re helping make the roads—and our neighbourhoods—safer for all of us.

  • gary

    Driving at 30 will just frustrate drivers. 50 is a safe speed if your eyes are on the road , not texting, talking on phone , adjusting radio etc.
    All ages need to obey laws and cross at corners and when safe. That is what will save lives, not slowing the world down and wasting fuel at such a slow speed. Bicycles can travel that speed easy.

  • Tony

    I think 10km/h is better. 30 km/h is almost authobhan speeds. 10 km/h will ensure that everyday motorists can stop 100% of the time when an unsupervised child runs into the middle of the road because her mother is a retard.

  • James Wilkins

    Exactly – one person’s negligence somehow warrants making the roads slower, making traffic worse than it already is. You know people are going to ignore it anyhow, which leads me to think it was a perfect excuse for another money grab. Can’t think of any other reason to penalize drivers because of idiots. What if someone dies at 30 km/h? Suddenly we’re better off driving motorized wheelchairs instead I think, lol.

  • Its me

    Hahaha make it 10 km/h thats safer to pedestrian. If the issue is survival percent when the pedestrian hit. Why the motorist always suffer if something happened like this? Even some bikers and pedestrian do something stupidity on the road, their not also following the rules or especialy traffic lights. Because they think the law is with them their always right even not. I do biking and i love to walk too, especialy when im in down town at the same time i respect the rules of the road,motorist,bikers,people around me, be alert and most important thing even when i walking i dont use my phone and headphone.

  • fulanomengano

    I agree with what everyone is saying here, specially Tony. But the only way to avoid this is to vote this idiots out of office. Remember it in last election.

  • Stephen Robinson

    Rediculous, I think that the speed should be reduce to 10km, and while you are at it why not require a signal flagman both in 10 feet front and behind the car?

  • Ryszard Richard Kaczmarczyk

    After having driven over 4 million miles, of all types of vehicles and locations all over the world, not only should the rates be speed rates be reduced, but fines multiplied by ten times. Driving is a privilege, not a right. The selfish self-centered attitude of humans need to be curtailed.

  • SL

    As I can see there’s a lot of street racers here … Toronto should go back and mandate a city guard with a red lantern walking in front of every moving car … the city council members who voted “yes” should finance these guards from their personal pockets to show their actual devotion to public interests and social responsibility .. plus, the unemployment problem in Toronto will be much smaller …

  • mike

    Of all the comments so far, only yours makes any sense!

  • mike

    Are you sick? Blaming the mother who lost her child! How about the clown, who was driving too fast for the conditions ?

  • Billy

    I understand seeing driving as a privilege, not a right. But one must understand that in many areas of our vast country, having a vehicle is a necessity. While the death of any child is a true tragedy, I personally question whether the move to lower speed limits has any relation to this particular child’s family status. Many children are struck and killed by vehicles every year, but when it is the daughter of the conservative party president, it’s National news and a reason to make such changes.
    It reminds me of my childhood school. Kids fell off the playground equipment there and hurt themselves all the time. It was old and wooden. Splinters and falls were the norm for years. Then a teacher’s child fell off and broke his arm. The next day, we came to school and they were ripping it out, leaving us with nothing for the rest of the school year. Even the boy with the broken arm lamented the loss of our play structure.
    I guess the squeaky wheel rule applies, but only if you’re the right kind of wheel.