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February 16, 2017: H40 Mission Accomplished; Hintonburg residents petition for speed limit change.

February 16, 2017: H40 Mission Accomplished;
Hintonburg residents petition for speed limit change.

By Dickson Davidson Hintonburg Community Association.

We sincerely hope that The City will now change the speed limit by making appropriate municipal legislation, posting the new 40 km/hr signs, and effectively monitoring and enforcing them.

Around July of 2012, Maggie Julian, a resident of Fairmont Avenue, contacted the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) regarding a petition that was being circulated. This petition is asking the City to reduce the speed limit on Fairmont Avenue from Carling Avenue to the Queensway.

This is the section of Fairmont Avenue in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood. Maggie wanted to know how a reduction to 40 km/hr could be extended for the entire length of Fairmount Avenue, and whether the HCA could assist in making that happen. The HCA made a number of inquiries with the different levels of governance to that end.

Meanwhile, in the Civic Hospital area, many streets beyond Fairmont Avenue began showing postings of 40 km/hr. Likewise, Maggie’s inquiry was followed by inquiries from other Hintonburg residents wondering how their residential streets could have a change in speed limit from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr.

Through further inquiries with the City, the HCA learned that to change the speed limit on a city street, a door-to-door, person-to-person, ink signature petition process would be required.

This posed a challenge requiring both organization and a plan, since the increasing number of inquiries then indicated that speed limit reductions were being sought all over Hintonburg.

In response to this situation, The 2015 HCA Annual General Meeting was asked whether members wanted to pursue a survey of the whole of Hintonburg to determine what streets would fulfill the city’s requirements. The response was almost unanimous in supporting the proposal.

The HCA then contacted the City of Ottawa which responded with very supportive directions and petitions for the 31 residential streets in Hintonburg that could have their speed limits reduced.

The City of Ottawa designated a contact person who was very helpful and prompt in assisting the HCA with most matters involving the petition process and, from November 2015 to January 2017, all 31 residential streets were surveyed by volunteers.

The results were that a minimum of 66% of all of the listed residences on each of the 31 residential streets agreed to have their speed limits reduced. This fulfills the City of Ottawa’s stated requirements to initiate a change in the speed limit.

We sincerely hope that The City will now change the speed limit by making appropriate municipal legislation, posting the new 40 km/hr signs, and effectively monitoring and enforcing them. This would follow the expectations of the 1286 residents who signed the petition for their respective streets, and would mean a change in speed limit for all of Hintonburg.

What fun and a true pleasure it has been to spend the last year completing the Hintonburg 40 .

It has been great to hear comments supporting all angles of a speed limit reduction proposal. People were unanimously courteous, welcoming, and a joy to meet as neighbours. It has been wonderful to work cooperatively and successfully as a Community Association with the City of Ottawa.

Thank you to the 20 or so volunteers who assisted with the door to door survey of approximately 1855 residences to collect the required number of signatures indicating that all residential streets in Hintonburg wish to have their speed limits reduced. I look forward to submitting the completed survey to the City of Ottawa shortly.

man stands beside 40KPH traffic sign

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Photo Caption: Dickson Davidson of the HCA,with a speed limit sign reflecting the desires of a majority of Hintonburg residents. After two years of concerted volunteer efforts, the petitions for 31 streets are signed and collected and are about to be presented to city officials. Photo by D. Davidson.

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