Our residential neighbourhoods are places shared by pedestrians and cyclists of all ages, young children, people with reduced mobility and motorists.
Decreasing the speed limit from 50 to 40 km/h in residential side streets significantly reduces the risk of serious injury and fatal accidents among the more vulnerable users of these streets.
Watch for the signs posted at the entrance to residential neighbourhoods to notify residents of the speed limit for the neighbourhood. The 40 km/h speed limit applies until a sign indicates the switch to another speed limit, for instance near a park, school zone or at the exit from the residential neighbourhood.
Speed limits are not set arbitrarily. They are based on human physiological limitations (visual perception, reaction time, resistance to impact), the laws of physics (stopping distance, speed and strength of impact), and the roadway.
In Gatineau, speed limits are posted as follows: