UPDATE: City officially lowers speed limits in 11 neighbourhoods
The City of Mississauga recently signalled it was considering lowering speed limits on select streets in 11 neighbourhoods.
On Oct. 9, council passed a bylaw to decrease speed limits in 11 neighbourhoods from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
These neighbourhoods will receive the 40 km/h speed signs in the fall of 2019:
- Ward 1 - Neighbourhood boundaries between South Service Road, Etobicoke Creek, Lakeshore Road East and Dixie Road
- Ward 2 - Neighbourhood boundaries between South Sheridan Way, Southdown Road, Royal Windsor Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard
- Ward 3 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Bloor Street, Dixie Road, Dundas Street East and Tomken Road
- Ward 4 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Bloor Street, Cawthra Road, Dundas Street East, Canadian Pacific Railway, Hurontario Street and Central Parkway East
- Ward 5 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Canadian National Railway, Goreway Drive, Derry Road East and Airport Road
- Ward 6 - Burnhamthorpe Rd W to Dundas St W and Credit River to Erindale Station Rd
- Ward 7 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Queensway, Hurontario Street, Queen Elizabeth
- Ward 8 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Unity Drive, Winston Churchill Boulevard, Burnhamthorpe Road West and Ridgeway Drive
- Ward 9 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Canadian Pacific Railway, Derry Road and Winston Churchill Boulevard
- Ward 10 - Derry Road West, Tenth Line West, Britannia Road West and Ninth Line
- Ward 11 - Neighbourhood boundaries between Britannia Road West, Credit River, Eglinton Avenue West and Mississauga Road/Queen Street South
The reduced speed limit is part and parcel of the city’s Transportation Master Plan and is related to safety goals contained in Vision Zero--a plan being adopted by multiple municipalities to make streets safer.
“The new 40 km/h speed limit in our neighbourhoods advances Vision Zero by matching speeds to the types of activity on a street,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement released prior to the passage of the bylaw.
“It will also promote active transportation by making it safer for our families to walk, ride, play and commute. It’s another tool we can use to address speeding in our neighbourhoods and help keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.”
The city says staff consulted with city councillors to determine priority neighbourhoods to receive the new lower 40 km/h signage in this first round.
Residents will notice that speed limits are being lowered beyond school zones.
In 2017, the government of Ontario passed new legislation under the Safer School Zones Act (Bill 65) that amended the Highway Traffic Act, allowing municipalities to designate areas where speed limits can be lower than 50 km/hr.
During the council meeting, councillors asked city staff if speed limits could be lowered on more streets in a "phase 2" evaluation in the spring. Staff signalled that it will look into other eligible neighbourhoods that might benefit from lower speed limits.
City staff says arterial roads will remain at 60 or 70 km/h.
No additional neighbourhood streets have been identified as good candidates for lower speed limits at this time.