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Peter Black

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Motorists in Quebec City had best prepare themselves to slow down. City officials announced a plan to dramatically reduce speed limits in virtually all residential areas.

In making the announcement, in the context of releasing the city’s road safety plan, Mayor Régis Labeaume said, “Speed ​​is the enemy of road safety. No minute saved on the road deserves the risk of a lost life.”

Starting in May and continuing until October, streets with a 30 km/h limit will be increased from the current 400 to 1,400. Only one-quarter of streets, notably the main connecting residential arteries, will remain at 50 km/h. Some 300 streets will be reduced to 40 km/h.

The mayor cited polls indicating the overwhelming majority of residents are in favour of reducing speed limits in the city.

Some 7,000 signs will be installed with the new limits, at a cost of $1 million. The city will release the list of affected streets shortly. Signs will be changed in the spring in Charlesbourg and La Cité-Limoilou boroughs, in Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge and Beauport during the summer, and in the boroughs of Les Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles in the fall.

In 2020, six people were killed in traffic accidents within the city.

The complete 2020-24 road safety plan can be viewed on the city’s website.

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Slow down, you’re going too fast! Although the posted speed limit on Boulevard Laurier near Université Laval is 50 km/h, drivers frequently drive at least 10 km/h over the limit.

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