Speed limits set to 30 km/h for residential streets

Community council okays change that could cost over $1 million

From Toronto’s downtown to East York, many drivers will see speed limit signs change to 30 km/h.

The decision was made by the members of the Toronto-East York community council Monday evening. The new change will affect 387 km of roads and cost the city over a million dollars.

“There’s a cost to everything when it comes to construction,” said Councillor Josh Matlow. “The focus is really on … it’s a reasonable investment to make our neighbourhoods safer.”

The motion to lower the speed limits was pushed forward after a seven-year-old girl was struck and killed in the Leaside residential area in 2014.

Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher argued against the change, saying it is a good thought but would not make much of a difference, especially in school zones.

“There’s a traffic jam in front of every school every morning because everyone drives their kid to school,” she said. “And some of the things I’ve observed — it’s the drivers that’s the problem. They’re just in a hurry.”