Speed limit should be decided by voters
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This article was published 08/01/2021 (874 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I have heard loud and clear from Transcona residents, along with many residents across Winnipeg, that they do not want to see the residential speed limit reduced from 50 km/h.
At the Jan. 5 meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee I moved that any change to the residential speed limit should be put forward to the Citizens of Winnipeg in the 2022 civic election or a mayoral byelection with a simple yes or no question — Do you support a change that would lower the present 50 km/h residential speed limit citywide?
I am happy to report this motion was unanimously supported by my colleagues, Coun. Jeff Browaty and Coun. Jason Schreyer. It will now move forward to the mayor’s executive policy committee on Jan. 20.
I support maintaining a 50 km/h speed limit in residential areas of Winnipeg; however, it is also clear that there are council members who support a lower limit. These members also just so happen to be a part of the executive policy committee that will decide the fate of motion.
A decision of this magnitude must be put in the hands directly of the people of Winnipeg. The motion I have put forward will help put this topic at the forefront of Winnipeggers minds, allowing for a fulsome debate on this matter, as many are unaware that this is even a move being considered.
The 50 km/h speed limit was put in place by the provincial government many decades ago, and I ultimately believe that this change should plebiscite results warrant it, would send a strong message to the province on the wishes of Winnipeg residents. A plebiscite will also allow for dialogue on any shortcomings in residential neighbourhood design and driving behaviour.
If you feel passionately about this subject and would like to speak to this item during the Jan. 20 executive policy committee meeting, please email email@example.com or call 311 to register to speak and to have your concerns heard directly by the mayor and the executive policy committee.
As always, I’m proud to represent Transcona at City Hall, and I hope you find my articles informative.
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Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.