Montreal reduces city speed limits

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CBC News Posted: Jul 07, 2009 9:34 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 07, 2009 12:36 PM ET


Montreal announced Monday that speed limits on residential streets will be reduced to 40 km/h within the year. ((CBC))

Montreal and Quebec’s transportation ministry have reached a deal to allow the city to reduce speed limits on its streets to 40 km/h from 50.

The speed reduction has been in the works since the city asked the ministry for permission to lower the speed limit in 2006.

The city released a statement on Monday, confirming that Quebec Transport Minister Julie Boulet finally gave permission for the speed change once the city and the province worked out how the new speed limit would be phased in.

Limits on streets in residential neighbourhoods would drop to 40 km/h, while major arteries would stay at 50 km/h.

The city said it would try to save money on signage by posting the speed change by sector. The city would put signs at entry points in each sector instead of street by street.

City spokesman Darren Becker said the main reason for the change is safety.

“There’s statistical data that proves that by reducing the speed limit by just 10 kilometres an hour, you can significantly reduce the chances of serious injury and death,” Becker said. He added that increased awareness and policing have also brought the number of traffic injuries down significantly.

The city said new limits should be in place sometime next summer.

Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to train tracks remain closed until investigation completed

CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2013 3:24 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:33 PM MT

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary.

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary. (Stacee Barton/CBC)

Calgary police say a pedestrian was killed this afternoon in the 4200 block of Macleod Trail southwest.

42nd Ave. and Macleod Trail southwest CalgaryA woman was pinned under a vehicle around 1:50 p.m. MT and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody.

Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes for the rush-hour commute.

Macleod Trail will remain open, but police say 42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to the train tracks will remain closed until the investigation has been completed.