The speed limit on Rotary Drive beside Kimberley’s skateboard park is a topic of concern in the city.
The issue has come up in the past and has returned to city council following more complaints from residents.
Mayor Don McCormick says although there have been no accidents, drivers are not obeying the current speed of 50 kilometres per hour.
“The question that’s come up is not so much about whether there have been accidents or incidents there but is it a playground?” explains McCormick. “If it’s a playground, regardless of whether there have been any accidents there or not, the speed zone should be reduced to 30 kilometres an hour.”
One concern over lowering the speed limit is the amount of time residents will be driving at 30 km/h.
“Regardless of the traffic on the road the reality is that Rotary Drive pretty much from McKim School [and beyond is] a play zone.” says the Mayor. “Whether we’re talking about the baseball fields, whether we’re talking about the splash park or the playground, the area surrounding the arena, at the end of the day most of Rotary [Drive] is a playground zone.”
He adds that making Rotary Drive 30 km/h shouldn’t inconvenience anybody because of the alternate routes available.
The issue will be discussed further at the next council meeting on July 24th.
– Mayor Don McCormick
– Devin Howard