City Spotlight: Slow Streets Pilot Project
Surrey launches Slow Streets Residential Speed Limit Reduction Pilot
June 24, 2021
Surrey has launched a residential speed limit reduction pilot as an important first step in understanding how reduced speed limits impact neighbourhood liveability, driver behaviour and safety on Surrey roads.
"We know that high speeds pose a serious danger to the driver, cyclists and pedestrians, which is why Council approved the Surrey Slow Streets pilot project,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Starting today, speed limits in six neighbourhoods will be reduced to 30km per hour or 40km per hour. During the one-year pilot, vehicle speeds, crashes and perception of safety among residents will be monitored. If the research shows an improvement, consideration will be given to expand the Slow Streets Program to other residential neighbourhoods in Surrey.”
Speed limits are being reduced in six Surrey neighbourhood zones for a period of one-year. Three zones have 30 km per hour posted speed limits, and three have 40 km per hour posted speed limits. Signage will indicate the new speed limits as per the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act legislation.
Lower speed limits have many benefits, such as, preventing crashes and reducing the severity of crashes that do occur, reduced vehicle noise, lower greenhouse gas emissions and increased feelings of safety for residents so they can feel comfortable walking and cycling in their neighbourhood.
Surrey Slow Streets uses a data-driven, evidence led and equity centred approach to speed limit reduction. Research shows that certain subpopulations are at higher risk of being injured and killed in a crash. As such, neighbourhoods were selected based on demographics, speeding issues, safety issues, community amenities and equity, ensuring the needs of Surrey’s diverse communities are incorporated into the pilot project design.
Upon entry into a pilot neighbourhood, drivers will also see a Slow Streets Neighbourhood sign. It will serve as a reminder for drivers that they have entered a pilot neighbourhood. Children from the Surrey community designed each of the neighbourhood signs, as a part of Surrey’s “Design the Sign Contest.”
Surrey Slow Streets is an initiative of the City’s Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan that aims to have zero people killed and seriously injured on Surrey roads.
The pilot is focused on residential areas and information about zone locations can be found at surrey.ca/slow-streets.