UPDATE: This survey has now closed. 153 voted yes, while 676 voted no. Thank you for participating.
How would you like to see the city’s generic speed limit reduced from 50km/h to 40? It’s a question some at City Hall are mulling over.
Newly re-elected Councillor Mike McCann says one of the biggest issues he heard on the campaign trail was the number of speeders on city streets. He says this is unusual; traditionally, candidates hear of issues like high property taxes or lack of services, but McCann says the safety issue stood out. “”When I was campaigning, I was surprised that the most important issue was safety. My campaign promise to Ward 10 and the City of Barrie was to make and help the City of Barrie become a stronger, safer, and more fun place to live.”
“…I was surprised the most important issue was safety.”
To that end, McCann wants to know if resources should be devoted to investigating whether a change in the unposted speed limit from 50km/h to 40. With the help of Barrie 360, McCann is asking Barrie residents from his ward and across the city to weigh in.
The Barrie Police Service’s Peter Leon says officers do enforce all speed limits within the city; however, officers can’t be at all places at all times. Traffic calming measures can only go so far, and are expensive to implement.
This is not to say the City would change the speed limit overnight; plenty of legwork and paperwork would need to be done before the change could even be proposed at City Hall. The results of the survey above, along with comments through McCann’s and the Barrie 360 Facebook pages will be taken into account. The results will be discussed during an early December meeting among council and city staff.
Results of the survey will be announced in early December.