Video: Lowering speed limit is a good thing, East Yorkers say

Proposal to drop speed to 30 k/h gets green light in East York

The city will lower the speed limit on residential roads in Toronto and East York to 30 km/h unless there is widespread public opposition, and many East Yorkers are giving their support to the proposal.

Some residents in East York say that the proposal will make the area safer for the pedestrians, especially children.

“I think that will be very good. Particularly in the area where there’s lot of workers, lots of people and busy markets…” Lindsay White, a resident in East York said.

According to Toronto’s Road to Health report, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h has an 85 per cent chance of dying, while a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at 30 km/h has only a 5 per cent chance of dying.

“I think lowering the speed limit will definitely be safer for the kids, because they are playing around here all the time,” Daniel Chan, another resident who lives in the building beside the Chester elementary school said. “I think more importantly is not about the speed limit, is about the people themselves, about controlling their cars and the responsibility for the society.”