New residential speed limits are in place for Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier effective immediately.
Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury put forward a motion recently at city council, suggesting areas in his ward boast a speed limit of 30km/hr. City council approved the councillor's plan.
"This makes us the first community in Ottawa to embrace this effort," the councillor said in a video posted to YouTube.
In the video, Coun. Fleury, said the City of Ottawa will continue to enforce what's called season traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and speed boards in effort to reduce speeds in residential neighbourhoods, especially in school zones.
"Research shows that driving slower can reduce traffic incidents and lower the risk of serious injuries for pedestrians," he said in the video.
The councillor pointed to a Toronto neighbourhood that suggested a 30km/hr limit can also significantly reduce traffic incidents by at 30 per cent. Fatal injuries, the study shows, can also be reduced by 67 per cent with the lower speed limits in place.