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Road Safety Strategy: School Zone Speed Limits

40 is the new 50 this fall, as the City of London is reducing speed limits in many school zones to 40 kilometres an hour.  This change in speed limit

  • will affect school zones located on residential streets across the city, and
  • will be phased in over a two-year period.

The Middlesex London Road Safety Committee identified pedestrian safety as a priority in its City of London Road Safety Strategy 2014 – 2019.  By reducing speed limits near schools, the goal is to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and to encourage a more active lifestyle by addressing some of the safety concerns of students walking and cycling to school.

A typical school zone starts 150 metres before a school property and ends 150 metres after a school property. Installation of the new speed limit signs commenced in October 2016.

A complete list of approved School Zone Speed Limits can be found in in Schedule 17.1 of the Traffic and Parking By-law.

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