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Re: This weeks’ Notice of Motion: Street Safety and Neighbourhood Speed Limits

Hello everyone, I’d like to share my thoughts on the captioned Notice of Motion. I can appreciate the desire to make our streets safer for pedestrians; however, I do have concerns regarding the approach and recommendations of action in the Notice of Motion itself.

In determining an outcome, it’s important to address both the core issues and the details of the current outcomes. The current number of accidents that occur in non-intersections is extremely low and tends to be consistently distributed throughout the entire day.

The data reveals some interesting outcomes, such as 67% of pedestrians injured were impaired while crossing the street without the right of way, compared to 28% for all collisions. Fifty-one of pedestrians who were impaired were struck at non-intersection locations. Drivers under the influence who struck pedestrians was 3.1%. When looking at pedestrians’ accidents, 24% of them were distracted in some manner. Sixty per cent of pedestrian casualty collisions in intersections occurred at locations with traffic signals.

When you take the actual data into consideration, I am not sure how a 30KPH mandated speed limit would resolve the core issues. Secondly, why would we not have public consultation? I cannot dispute that at 30KPH an injury is less traumatic; however, according to the data, this is not the core issue.

Additionally, the criteria for determining which roads should have what speed limit and which should not, is complicated, and I am not sure how we are going to make it simple for Calgarians to know “what road is what speed”?

Lastly, the recommendation of moving forward for traffic calming and infrastructure costs is currently estimated between $200M-$500M. This is an unrealistic fix. Even a temporary infrastructure fix may run $25M-$50M for major locations ($16M is a 1% tax increase).

Personally, I think that 50KPH is too fast in residential areas (not including boulevards, etc.). Whether the speed limit should be 30KPH or 40 KPH is debatable. What I think is more appropriate is to have extensive public consultations that address the core issues and determine long term recommendations that can be phased in over time.

Ward Sutherland​​

Categories: Councillor; 311

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