Esquimalt eyes lowering speed limits on all roads

Esquimalt hopes to emulate Saanich’s recent decision to reduce speed limits on some local roads.

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Esquimalt is working on the idea of ​​reducing speed limits on what it considers “major roads” to 40km/h and all other roads to 30km/h.

“Speed ​​is a major factor in creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment and improving road safety and community livability,” read a statement from the town. “The town’s recent active transport network plan identified key areas of deceleration.”

However, there are some exceptions:

40 km/h on Colville Road between Admirals Road and Tillicum Road

40 km/h for Tillicum between Transfer Street and Colville

30 km/h on the Admirals between Esquimalt and Lyall Streets

30km/h speed limit on Lampson Street between Esquimalt and Lyall

“The plan is to prioritize the installation of new speed limit signs over the next three years, starting with gateways and main roads,” the town said. “There are also traffic stabilization infrastructure considerations to help encourage lower driving speeds.”

The town said traffic on “major roads” was more than 10,000 vehicles a day. Parts of Tillicum and Esquimalt see more than 15,000 vehicles a day.

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