City speed lim­its make lit­tle sense

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - OPINION -

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

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