Traffic speeds are something I hear about regularly from Waterdown residents — especially in relation to cut-through commuter traffic. In December, Hamilton City Council directed staff to begin reducing the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods across the city. Residents will start to notice new signs and posted speed limits within select residential neighbourhoods, dropping from 50 km/hr to 40km/hr, and to 30km/hr in school zones.
The City plans to install signage across 45 neighbourhoods each year for the next three years. New signs will be posted on both sides of the roadway creating a ‘gateway’ feature as people enter and exit residential neighbourhoods.
In Waterdown, the areas in question are bordered by Highway 6, Parkside Drive, Hamilton Street North, and Dundas Street, Highway 6, 5th Concession East, Centre Road and Parkside Drive, and Highway 6, Dundas Street, Mill Street South and the escarpment. For more information or to find out if a speed limit reduction is coming to your neighbourhood, please click here.
Speeding is one of the largest contributing factors in the cause and severity of collisions. Pedestrians have a 41 per cent higher chance of survival if struck by a car driving 40 km/hr than a car driving 50 km/hr. This is because a slower moving vehicle requires less distance to stop and gives the driver more time to react. As part of its goal of achieving Vision Zero in Hamilton, the City aims to change driver behaviour and protect vulnerable populations by enforcing safer speeds across the city.