Town wants your thoughts on speed limits and traffic calming options

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

What do you think? Should the default speed limit on town roads be maintained at 50 kilometres per hour or be lowered? Should more physical traffic calming measures be installed in Oakville?

The town is preparing a review of the traffic calming process and posted speed limits, as well as an update on the potential use of automated speed enforcement (ASE), and is asking residents to share their thoughts through a short online survey.

“We value your opinion and encourage you to provide your input on what measures will help keep our streets and neighbourhoods safe,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Your feedback will also help shape the town’s traffic calming program, which aims to address issues that include excessive speeding, traffic volume and more.”

Many Oakville residents express concern over speeding and driver behaviour. The Highway Traffic Act allows municipalities to designate areas with a speed limit of less than 50 kilometres per hour. As well, traffic calming measures such as roundabouts, speed cushions, raised medians or radar speed display signs can be effective in addressing issues related to vehicle speed and overall neighbourhood safety.

ASE, also known as photo radar, may be another tool available to the town in the future. ASE devices use radar and cameras to detect speeding vehicles in designated community safety zones. The Town of Oakville is working with other municipalities and the Ontario Traffic Council to investigate implementation of ASE.

Provide your input. The survey and more information about traffic calming is available online on the Speeding and Traffic Calming page.