Why 30?

The Safety of Vulnerable Road Users 

30 km/h speed limits significantly decrease the risk of death for vulnerable road users when they are struck by automobiles. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pedestrians struck by an automobile travelling at 30 km/h or lower are 90% likely to survive. Even when speeds increase to 45 km/h, the chances of a pedestrian surviving being hit by an automobile are reduced to 50%. Additionally, pedestrians struck by an automobile travelling at 50 km/h are eight times more likely to be killed than pedestrians struck at 30 km/h. These findings are no doubt similar, if not the same for all vulnerable road users, including cyclists.

30 km/h speed limits also help to avoid collisions in the first place, by significantly shortening stopping distances and improving reaction times. Again, the WHO indicates that, "the higher the speed of a vehicle, the shorter the time a driver has to stop and avoid a crash. A car travelling at 50 km/h will typically require 13 metres in which to stop, while a car travelling at 40 km/h will stop in less than 8.5 metres." Those few metres can mean the difference between critically injuring or killing someone, and everyone making it home safely.

A reduction in posted speed limits to 30 km/h will drastically improve the safety of all vulnerable road users and help to avoid collisions in the first place.

Community Environment

Lower vehicle speeds can also significantly improve the quality of Sunnyside's environment. People do not want to have vehicles speeding by in front of their houses, disrupting the peaceful residential environment and placing children and other pedestrians at risk. While increased safety is the primary benefit, 30 km/h limits also reduce pollution and noise levels.
Vehicles travelling at lower speeds produce significantly lower emissions, thus reducing pollution in our neighbourhood. Additionally, vehicle exhaust noise can be reduced by up to 40% when travelling at 30 km/h.

Our community should strive to reduce pollution and noise levels, in order to create a more liveable residential environment. Changing to a 30 km/h limit will help us to accomplish these goals.

The Big Picture

A Sunnyside-wide 30 km/h maximum speed limit will increase pedestrian and cyclist safety in our neighbourhood, thus encouraging more people to walk and ride. This will improve both the health and safety of residents, as well as enhance the vibrancy of our community. Great communities are ones where people can feel safe to walk and ride about, interacting with their fellow residents and enhancing the community atmosphere. Unhealthy communities are ones where people drive everywhere and never get out and interact with their fellow citizens.