Cyclist - Walkers - Runners - Children & Families
                     Deserve safer neighbourhoods
           Speeds on Residential Streets is an International Problem


My name is Don Hill and I have been working with -The Ecology Action Center, the Municipality and the Provincial Government to bring attention and change to safety on our residential streets. 
      I started this Campaign in Oct. 2012, following a vehicle / pedestrian accident in front of my home on a neighborhood street. The driver was traveling at the posted speed but too fast for conditions. When these conditions were brought to the attention of the RCMP their reply was "makes no difference because the posted speed is 50km." This is totally false and a contradiction to the Drivers Hand Book and the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act. I then asked Officers from the Halifax Police Force and they informed me that they have seldom or never issued a ticket to anyone driving to fast for conditions if they were within the posted speed. This is treating cyclist, walkers, runners, children, seniors and all road users as second class citizens to the almighty car.
     Why are our cities main roads that are divided, sidewalks on both sides and no parking permitted have the same posted speed as the streets where we live?
     
In the UK over 8 million people live in communities that have adopted the initiative calling for 20mph limits. (20 is plenty for us UK)

The Danish Council of Road Safety Research- In 1977 a new code was introduced into the Danish Road Traffic Act. This permitted lower residential speeds. The results showed a 78% reduction in serious injuries.

Portsmouth UK showed a significant reduction in average speeds in their test areas.
Total accidents dropped from 8% to 43% in the 6 test locations.

The European Union Transport Committee calls for 20mph speed limits for residential streets.

Majority of the states in the United States permit local Municipalities to reduce speeds on residential streets below 30mph

New York City-July 21012, Mayor Bloomberg announced an expansion of the neighborhood Slow Zone Program which reduces the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential neighbourhoods. This program builds on the City’s aggressive efforts to curb speeding, which helped bring traffic fatalities to the lowest levels in recorded history in 2011. As a result 13 new areas have been preliminarily selected for implementation of Slow Zones.

Dr. Andrew McCallum Ontario’s Chief Coroner is requesting 40km per hour on all residential streets. Ontario permits Municipalities to post lower speeds..

Montreal-- Project Manager Nancy Badeau is in charge of implementing 40km zones in several communities

The Provincial Government has agreed to do a study to determined if lower speeds limits on some of our residential streets would provide a safer environment for vehicles, pedestrians, and other road users. This study should be available for public viewing in March 2014.
Mayor Savage supports working with the Province to produce safer residential streets.