City speed limits make little sense
I made my first trip across the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge the day after it opened. As a senior who was born and raised in this city, I want to express my concerns over the speed limits set by city council.
First of all, what gives city council the authority and expertise to set speed limits? These roadways are designed by professional engineers who spend many years obtaining their education to do their work properly. Aren’t these the people who should be setting the speed limits? Many councillors have caved in to an advocacy group and we have a 50 km/ h speed limit on a large part of this roadway apparently to protect wildlife. Then when you re-enter the residential area it increases to 60 km/ h.
Does this make any sense? Appears as though the wildlife is more important than our children. We need to be more progressive in traffic movement rather than be stuck in the 1950s.
Council also just recently reduced speed limits in five other areas of the city. We need to become a progressive, modern city rather than be so backward. Of course our city wasn’t designed for the traffic that we have today, but that gives us more of a reason to keep traffic moving. The reduction of speed limits just seems to create an adverse effect with more speeding and more traffic tie-ups and delays. My final say on this matter will come at the next civic election.
Larry Landell, Saskatoon