Town councillor Marni Fedeyko believes harmonizing the speed limit to 30km/h on four streets riddled with fluctuating speed limits will improve public safety.
At tonight's (June 11) council meeting, she brought forward a notice of motion to simplify the matter and reduce it to one consistent limit. Her motion targets Quigley Dr. 1st St. E., Riverview Dr., 4th Ave/Sunterra Rd., all having a number of speed reductions for schools and playground zones, that both have different time and seasonal sensitivities. She also believes a case could also possibly be made for Sunset Blvd.
"While many Cochrane residential roads have a 30km/h speed limit, there are a few that do not and somewhere the speed limits change a number of times in a short span of road between playground zones and school zones," she explains.
"Reducing speeds in these areas to a consistent 30km/h would assist motorists in understanding the speed applicable, reducing opportunities for conflicts between motoring public, pedestrians and children in these areas."
The motion calls for administration to evaluate and create a speed limit reduction implementation plan, and outline costs, timelines and a communications strategy, all to be brought back in a timely matter for consideration at the July 9 council meeting.
At this point, the motion needs the blessings of council before any of these actions can take place. She has the support of Councillor Patrick Wilson, however, further evaluation as to which areas/span of areas are still up for debate.
"Both Councillor Wilson and I have heard from a number of residents about the speed fluctuation," says Fedeyko.
"Councillor Wilson and I have been digging around in the background and we've been trying to find solutions and I think this is probably a good first step."
She says the idea has been investigated by council in the past but didn't fly.
"It's not going to solve everybody's problem. Obviously, people who speed will still speed. But at least this way we can show residents that we've heard their concerns regarding safety and we're willing to stand behind it and try to make it a difference and try to change it."