Cambridge council votes to swap out speed limit signs across the city

Drivers across Cambridge are going to notice some speed limit changes across the city beginning this spring.

City council unanimously passed a motion to implement speed limit sign changes, beginning with areas with the most school zones. Speed limit changes will see some areas with 50km/hr limits go down to 40km/hr and school zones drop to 30km/hr.

Ward 7 councillor Scott Hamilton, who brought forward the motion, said while the changes in behaviour will take time, it will become the “new normal” in 10 to 15 years.

“Behaviour change can be difficult and it takes time, but I think this is a change that is definitely needed to protect pedestrians on our roads and especially children, which are the most vulnerable citizens in our community,” Hamilton said.

Council voted to change the speed limits across the city last year, but this motion officially begins putting in new signs. The first signs in school zones will be changed between this spring and this summer, with the rest of the signs across the city changed by Fall 2025.

The motion follows regional council’s goal to have speed cameras put up at all school zones by 2029. This year, staff is hoping to have cameras up at schools in Cambridge along Myers Road, Holiday Inn Drive, Saginaw Parkway and Avenue Road.

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