Keep an eye out for these new Area Speed Limit signs, coming soon to several neighbourhoods in Stittsville.  The signs are already up in the Fernbank area, and later this summer signs will go up in the West Ridge area between Fernbank and Hazeldean. The signs help establish a consistent 40km/h speed limit on all residential streets, rather than the mish-mash of speed limits that currently exist.  It makes it easier for police to enforce, and is a reminder to motorists that 40km/h is the maximum speed on residential streets.  I’m looking forward to seeing these two projects underway. Here’s more info from the city’s traffic safety team. -GG.

Residential neighbourhoods in Ottawa built after 2009 often have reduced speed limits of 40 km/h. Many older neighbourhoods don’t. That’s about to change.

Last fall, a new type of speed limit sign started to be posted at the entrances and exits of some older Ottawa neighbourhoods to designate speed limits lower than 50 km/h. These signs look like any other speed limit signs, with one exception: they have an “Area” panel attached.

When entering a neighbourhood with an ”Area” speed limit sign, motorists should be aware that the lower speed limit is in effect for all streets within that area. The limit only changes after road users pass a sign indicating the end of the reduced speed limit.

By placing signs at only the entrance and exit points of select areas, residents will be able to enjoy neighbourhoods that aren’t cluttered with speed limit signs on every street.

Reducing speeds will also help to make the neighbourhood safer for pedestrians, cyclists and children playing in the area.

Additional neighbourhoods will be added each year.