Safe streets play a key role in creating a great city. I was committed to this philosophy during my first term on Council, and I remain committed to it today and into the future. A safe street is one where both motorists and pedestrians are given sufficient space. Safe streets encourage people to walk more and enjoy their communities. Safe streets foster community spirit by drawing people out of their homes and into the community where they can engage with their neighbours. Safe streets simply make sense.
As outlined in Vision Zero, one way we can potentially create safer streets is through the reduction of neighbourhood speed limits. Council is currently awaiting the results of an extensive public engagement effort to determine whether or not Edmontonians would support the reduction of neighbourhood speed limits to 40 kph or 30 kph. As a decision on this will likely be made in the new year, I am committed to listening to you and gathering the necessary feedback to make an informed decision.
Additionally, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the City of Edmonton's photo-radar program. This program plays an important part in our overall traffic safety efforts and Vision Zero. There are a number of locations which are routinely monitored throughout Edmonton that have seen a reduction in speeding, and a large proportion of the revenue generated funds traffic safety improvement such as upgrading intersections to make them safer, installing pedestrian crossing signals, and education (~30% goes to Victim Services and the Province).
It is also important to note that the sites where photo radar is located are all listed on the City of Edmonton's website, and that for a site to receive photo radar a number of less punitive approaches (e.g. digital feedback signs) are initiated before it reaches the point of enforcement.