We, the citizens of the Oliver community in Edmonton, petition the City of Edmonton to reduce the speed limit on all non-arterial roadways within the community of Oliver from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. The Oliver Community League Board unanimously passed a motion advocating for a speed limit reduction on January 4th, 2017.
A speed limit reduction in Oliver is necessary because:
- Oliver has one of the highest rates of pedestrian and cyclist activity in Edmonton.
- Many roadways are narrow with parking on both sides of the street making it difficult for motorists and pedestrians to see each other at intersections.
- A car travelling at 50km/h typically requires 13 metres to stop; A car travelling at 40 km/h will stop in less than 8.5 metres (World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, World Health Organization 2004).
- 55% of pedestrians will be killed in a collision at 50 km/h. 25% of pedestrians will be killed in a collision at 40 km/h (World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, World Health Organization 2004).
- Oliver has many vulnerable road users including school-aged children, seniors, and people with limited mobility.