City eyes default 40 km/h residential speed limit

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By Matthew Van Dongen

The traffic department will recommend slowing Hamilton’s default speed limit to 40 km/h on residential streets.

The province has introduced a bill designed to give cities more options to protect pedestrians, such as reintroducing photo radar or lowering the default speed limit on unsigned roads. Right now, that default limit is 50 km/h.

Over the last few years, Hamilton’s traffic department has been flooded with individual neighbourhood requests for speed limit changes — so much so the city briefly ran out of signs last year. In 2015, 40 km/h signs were installed on 250 streets, with hundreds of requests left outstanding.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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