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Calgary looking to change residential zone speed limits

A patroller mans the crosswalk outside a Calgary school. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary drivers could be in for a slower cruise through residential areas.

City administration is recommending that speed limits in residential areas be lowered.

However, they expect some challenges.

After what they call a careful review, it will be recommended that, in the long run, the city moves to a limit of 40 km/h on collector roads and 30 km/h in residential zones.

This would begin with changing the unposted speed limit to 40 km/h, then looking at ways to revise standards so the speeds can be lowered further.

However, they think compliance will be low and feedback from the police says that, while they agree this could improve safety, they believe it will be hard to enforce the limits.

Instead, police suggest a province-wide change to the Traffic Safety Act which may work better.

Administration’s report will go the Transportation Committee at City Hall on Wednesday for a vote.