The City of Calgary launched the Limit Your Speed campaign in April 2010 to increase driver awareness about the importance of following posted speed limits.
Calgarians can see signs and banners posted throughout the city. City staff shared information about these signs at a number of community open houses and school events and reminders were aired on The City's 106.5 FM Traffic Advisory Radio.
Listen to the radio ads:
Please note that Limit your Speed signs are only installed at specific locations where The City’s speed studies have indicated a need. They are not installed on a request basis. Communities wishing to request speed signs should apply through the SLOWS program.
Signs in the community
Thirteen Interactive Speed Limit Observation and Warning System (ISLOWS) solar powered signs will be installed in various communities throughout Calgary to alert motorists if they are driving faster than the posted speed limit. These devices are useful reminders to motorists to slow down. The signs are installed at specific locations where our speed studies have shown issues. Locations identified for this year are shown on the ISLOWS location map and are listed below:
- 18 Street S.E. at 21 Street S.E.
- 26 Street S.E. at 26 Avenue S.E.
- 68 Street N.E. at 22 Avenue N.E.
- Beddington Trail N.W. at Hidden Valley Gate N.W.
- Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. at Deer Run Boulevard S.E.
- Centre Street N.W. at 68 Avenue N.W.
- Country Hills Boulevard N.W. at Rocky Ridge Road N.W.
- Elbow Drive S.W. at 70 Avenue S.W.
- Harvest Hills Boulevard N. at 93 Avenue N.E.
- Heritage Meadows Road S.E. at Heritage Meadows Way S.E.
- Old Banff Coach Road S.W. at 77 Street S.W.
- Richmond Road S.W. at 31 Street S.W.
- Tuscany Boulevard N.W. at Tuscany Valley View N.W.
Slow down when passing emergency vehicles
The City is also reminding motorists that they must slow to 60 km/h, or less if the posted speed is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing. Fines for speeding in these areas are double the regular amount.
Limit your risk of being in a fatal crash
Driving above the posted speed limit reduces your ability to steer safely around curves or objects on the road; reduces the effectiveness of roadside hardware such as barriers, crash cushions and bridge rails; and decreases your field of vision and your peripheral vision. Limit your speed…It's worth it!