Community Speed Awareness Program

Your safety matters to us.

The Community Speed Awareness Program is a safety initiative that lets drivers know their actual operating speed while also bringing awareness to the speed limit on residential roadways.

How does it work?

We will temporarily install the radar speed signs on streets throughout the city, based on community requests.

Each street location will have two radar speed signs, one in each direction.

We have two kinds of boards, battery operated and solar powered.

Signs will be installed spring through fall each year, subject to weather and available staff resources.

We only have so many boards, so once the program is scheduled for the year, requests will close.

A little detail

We want to ensure the radar speed signs are equally and fairly distributed throughout the city. Once a street location has been a part of the program, it will not be considered for another speed radar board installation until the following year. This may change if we are able to increase the number of signs or if there are no more new location requests.

Our six battery operated boards will rotate every two weeks to three different streets throughout the city. These boards will be used for lower volume roadways, like Kipling Avenue or Silurian Drive.

Our eight solar powered boards will rotate every two months to four different streets throughout the city. These boards will be used for higher volume roadways, like Woodlawn Road or Clair Road.

Staff will be monitoring the program closely and will make adjustments as necessary, and are always accepting feedback on the program.

How can I request my street?

Thank you for your interest in the Community Speed Awareness program. We have received 64 requests for the digital speed boards and cannot accept additional requests for this year.

We anticipate opening the request system in April 2020 for the 2020 program.

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The radar speed signs will display and record individual vehicle speeds, and record the number of vehicles travelling on the street (known as the average daily traffic (ADT)).

The signs do not take photos or record any personal information such as the license plate number, colour or make of vehicle.

We will report back on the 85th percentile speed for each street monitored. This means we look at the speed at which 85 per cent of vehicles are travelling at or below. We’ll also report back on the average speed for each street monitored.

The 85th percentile and ADT are common traffic industry statistics used to evaluate the operating characteristics of a roadway when assessing the need for mitigation measures and the appropriateness of the current speed.

What’s next?

Traffic speed and volume data collected from the speed radar signs will be available on the City’s Open Data Portal.

All traffic speed and volume data collected will be reviewed by the City to determine if there is a need for further traffic assessment.

At this point, the radar speed signs will not be installed in the winter, and this year’s program will end in fall/winter 2019. We will review this timeline as the program continues throughout 2019 and will make changes as necessary.

Contact us

Traffic Services
519-822-1260 extension 3414