City Hall continues to look at how to deal with localized speeding and other traffic problems in Grande Prairie’s neighbourhoods.
After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, a city committee asked administration to come up with a policy on doing this.
Mayor Bill Given says this should give neighbourhoods a direct influence in how council deals with such problems.
“There are already existing venues and opportunities for the public and for neighbourhoods to bring things to administration’s attention, but I don’t think those processes are clearly understood by the general public and I think that there are some innovative new things that we can do if we work on it.”
Councillor Chris Thiessen suggested the city look at something bigger, like reducing the overall speed limit to 40 kilometres an hour from 50.
“Most drivers across the province and, especially in Grande Prairie, are travelling at a speed anywhere from 10 to 15 kilometres above the speed limit and, to improve the safety of our residential neighbourhoods, I thought we could broad-stroke it down to 40 kilometres an hour, which makes for an easier transition to school zones, where you don’t have to slow down quite as fast.”
The idea is not going ahead.
Enforcement Services Manager Chris Manuel says a lot of the time, people are not speeding, even though it looks like they are.
“From time to time, we do receive complaints within residential areas where people believe that lots of people are speeding by their residences, but I suggest that when a person is standing static at no speed and a vehicle passes by, a vehicle traveling 45 kilometres an hour on a 50 kilometre an hour road can actually seem like it’s moving very quickly.”
Councillor Kevin O’Toole suggested the city take a look at such problems back in February after meeting with some city residents.