Reducing speed improves community

There are plenty of arguments against the idea of reducing speed in towns and cities.

There are plenty of arguments against the idea of reducing speed in towns and cities.

Most of them are based on the notion that there will be a loss of personal freedom or that travel time will be significantly compromised.

None of them have any basis in fact. Even the 85th percentile argument is flawed because it fails to account for road users other than motorized vehicles.

There’s an ongoing blame game that tries to project the fault onto pedestrians, cyclists, the distracted or the elderly.

If drivers were without fault, this would be easy to argue. We’re all people, but you can do a lot more damage if you’re driving a car.

Reducing speed limits where people live is a simple way to improve the livability of our communities and the health of our population.

Real world experience and multiple studies have verified this. One study states that it’s only a question of “the regulators willingness to act on the evidence.” Congratulations to Victoria City council for having the foresight and the fortitude to do just that.

Dave Ferguson

Saanich