In a new road safety plan that was released on Thursday, Toronto speed limits could decrease on over 40 main roads throughout the city. As part of the city's Vision Zero pedestrian safety plan, the city of Toronto states that the speed limit on multiple roads should be lowered from 60 km/h to 50km/h. This proposal will be considered by the city's infrastructure and environment committee next week.
If approved, this new proposal will lower the speed limit by 10km/hr on 41 stretches of road throughout the city. Roads that would be reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h include roads that often face high traffic during rush hours such as Finch Avenue, Eglinton Ave, St. Clair Avenue, Victoria Park Ave, Sheppard Ave and a variety of other roads throughout the area.
The city is also asking from some other stretches of road, such as Bathurst Street, Yonge Street, and Dufferin St be lowered from 50km/h to 40 km/h. Some other roads such as Black Creek Drive would also be reduced from 70km/h to 60km/h.
In this Vision Zero report, the city of Toronto outlines that the reasoning behind lowering these speed limits is due to the fact that "higher speeds contribute to a higher risk of serious injuries and fatalities."
The city of Toronto feels that by limiting the speeds of pedestrian heavy roads as well as enhancing police enforcement of these speed limits, it will create a safer environment for both drivers and pedestrians throughout the city.
The report also states that this Vision Zero plan would feature 80 new signalized intersections, create 50 'senior safety zones' and more than 100 school safety zones in an effort to keep pedestrians safe.
However, this proposal comes just months after the Ontario government has proposed to increase the speed limits on Ontario highways from 100km/h to 110 km/h.
According to Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, the Ontario highway system is equipped to handle traffic flow going at least 120 km/h.
A pilot project will be launched on three highway segments in mid-Septemeber to test this increase in the speed limit, at the same time the City of Toronto is attempting to lower theirs.