Safe Speeds & Complete Streets

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Road safety for all modes of transportation is a major priority for staff and city council, based on resident feedback during the election and our ongoing community engagement activities.

The City of Kitchener has begun a review looking at reducing the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. The City is also developing a Complete Streets approach and guidelines that design for calmer traffic speeds and better balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists.

City staff want to listen and better understand residents' everyday experience of traffic speeds and our street designs. There are two surveys to provide your input on each of these priorities. You can also provide your input in person at the events listed in the Key Dates section of this page.

Thanks to students in Wilfrid Laurier's C3 Innovation Labs for partnering with us on this engagement.

Road safety for all modes of transportation is a major priority for staff and city council, based on resident feedback during the election and our ongoing community engagement activities.

The City of Kitchener has begun a review looking at reducing the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. The City is also developing a Complete Streets approach and guidelines that design for calmer traffic speeds and better balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists.

City staff want to listen and better understand residents' everyday experience of traffic speeds and our street designs. There are two surveys to provide your input on each of these priorities. You can also provide your input in person at the events listed in the Key Dates section of this page.

Thanks to students in Wilfrid Laurier's C3 Innovation Labs for partnering with us on this engagement.

Consultation has concluded
  • Slower speeds make for safer streets

    5 months ago
    Safe speeds article wide

    Studies show that speeding is a significant contributing factor leading to severe injuries and fatal collisions worldwide. The likelihood of survival in a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian is approximately 15 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 50 km/h. However, the likelihood of survival increases to 75 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 40 km/h or below.


    Studies show that higher speeds not only increase the risk of severe injuries and fatal collisions, but also increase the risk of a collision happening in the first place. Higher speeds increase the distance required to stop safely by reducing both the braking time and the driver’s reaction time available to prevent a collision from happening. A stopping distance of approximately 85 metres is required for a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h, 63 metres for a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h, and 45 metres for a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h.


    You can read this article for more information and take our survey to tell us what you think.

    Studies show that speeding is a significant contributing factor leading to severe injuries and fatal collisions worldwide. The likelihood of survival in a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian is approximately 15 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 50 km/h. However, the likelihood of survival increases to 75 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 40 km/h or below.


    Studies show that higher speeds not only increase the risk of severe injuries and fatal collisions, but also increase the risk of a collision happening in the first place. Higher speeds increase the distance required to stop safely by reducing both the braking time and the driver’s reaction time available to prevent a collision from happening. A stopping distance of approximately 85 metres is required for a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h, 63 metres for a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h, and 45 metres for a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h.


    You can read this article for more information and take our survey to tell us what you think.

  • Complete streets are for everyone

    5 months ago
    Complete streets article

    Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for all modes of transportation, and all ages and abilities. Complete streets also contribute to advancing sustainability, health, and social goals. In short, Complete Streets are for everyone!

    A Complete Streets approach uses every street project as an opportunity to improve the design and functionality of a street by enhancing all transportation modes and supporting livable neighbourhoods.

    You can learn more about our draft principles and take our survey to tell us what you think.

    Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for all modes of transportation, and all ages and abilities. Complete streets also contribute to advancing sustainability, health, and social goals. In short, Complete Streets are for everyone!

    A Complete Streets approach uses every street project as an opportunity to improve the design and functionality of a street by enhancing all transportation modes and supporting livable neighbourhoods.

    You can learn more about our draft principles and take our survey to tell us what you think.