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Council to consider reducing speed limit in downtown core

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August 06, 2014 - 12:31 PM

PENTICTON - Council has been asked to consider reducing the speed limit in the downtown core to 30 km/h, to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The recommendation came from the Downtown Revitalization committee and is part of the revitalization plan the city continues to work on.

There are currently parts of the downtown core that are 30 km/h but many blocks remain at the standard 50 km/h.

Counc. Wes Hopkin says it’s important to do proper consultation with the public about this, and to take advantage of the farmers’ markets in the summer to talk to people about the changes.

“This is a pretty significant reworking of speed limits… (councillors) will be talking about transportation issues, and driving issues and parking issues for a long time… people like to talk about those quite extensively,” he said.

There is already public concern about drivers not following the reduced speed limits already in place.

“There’s huge numbers painted on the road saying 30 km/h… and I can tell you it’s not adhered to one bit,” said Lynn Kelsey who works on the 200 block on Martin Street where reduced speeds are enforced. “For safety, people have an illusion that they will be going slower — they won’t.”

The proposed changes to speed limits will go to the Transportation Committee meeting on Sept. 4 and to council on Sept. 15.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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