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Surrey to test lower speed limits in six areas

Last Updated Dec 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm PST

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The City of Surrey is lowering the speed limit in several residential areas for a year as part of a pilot project

Pilot project aims to reduce number of deaths, serious injuries caused by crashes in Surrey

Reduced speed limits will be in effect for one year as part of Surrey pilot project

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Speed limits in six residential areas of Surrey will be slashed temporarily in an attempt to prevent serious car crashes and pedestrian fatalities.

City Council approved a one-year pilot project that would lower the speed limit from 50 kilometres an hour to 40 km/h in three residential zones, and down to 30 km/h for three other streets.

“This is a data-driven approach. Small changes in travel speeds can greatly increase the chances of survival for those involved in collisions, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, or cyclists, or motorists that do not have protective infrastructure from a vehicle,” councillor Laurie Guerra explains.

“We have launched what’s called the Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan, and that was launched in February of 2019, and it basically outlines this overarching approach of the city to move towards zero people killed and seriously injured within our transportation network.”

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According to the city, 21 people were killed on Surrey’s roads in 2018.

Guerra says this pilot project is just the beginning in trying to make the city safer.

“I know that it will,” she says when asked if this plan will help save more lives in Surrey.

Council unanimously approved the project earlier this week. It will run one year starting in 2021.