THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Slowing down saves lives
Cities across Canada have cut the speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h as they aim for zero pedestrian deaths
Cities across Canada are slowing down cars: 40km/h is the new 50. The idea of lower speed limits will at first seem onerous to many drivers; an undue intrusion on the freedom of the road. We have all been conditioned to prioritise cars and speed.
Our cities have been built for cars, to move them as quickly as possible from A to B, the faster the better. So it is no surprise that 40km/h sounds slow and 30 feels snail-like. A speed limit of 50km/h has forever been considered normal on residential streets, with higher speeds on larger roads...