Lowering of Speed Limits
Reducing posted speed limits is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of reducing travel speeds. Speed limits of 50 km/h on most residential streets where there are pedestrians or cyclists are not consistent with research findings on safe speeds, or with best practices for speed management.
In many cities around the world, communities and road safety authorities have acknowledged that 50 km/h speed limits in these situations are unsafe. For example, “20’s Plenty for Us” is a nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom that has successfully campaigned for 20 mph (32 km/h) default speed limits on residential and urban streets. Canadian cities such as Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto have recently made systematic efforts to implement 30 km/h speed limits across wide zones.
The origin of the B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit was a 2015 survey of British Columbia municipalities by the Safe Roads and Communities Working Committee, one of the five working committees of the B.C. Road Safety Strategy. The survey gathered information about road safety from British Columbia’s communities. It found that many municipalities wanted more knowledge on road safety planning, safety designs, and strategies
The B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit is an easily-accessible and electronically-searchable knowledge source about road safety designs and strategies that local governments can implement to improve road safety outcomes. At the same time, the knowledge in the toolkit is intended for all agencies with a mandate related to road safety.
B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit
Introduction to the BC Community Road Safety Toolkit
Module 1 – Protecting People Walking and Cycling
Module 2 – Safe Roadway Designs to Protect All Road Users
Module 3 – Implementation Tools and Strategies
Further modules to be added as they become available.
The Vision Zero approach is intended to bring together all of B.C.’s road safety partners towards the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities and zero serious injuries.
Please see the Vision Zero logo versions. If your organization is interested in using the B.C. Vision Zero logo, please complete the Application for Third Party use of Vision Zero logo and submit it for approval for use.
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