SCUGOG: A motion to change the speed limit on township roads that are part of the Durham Cycling Route to 60 km per hour was debated by councillors at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
The motion, which was brought up by Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville, would include portions of Ashburn Rd., Marsh Hill Rd., Scugog Line 6 and Medd Rd. Councillor Somerville said the reason she made the motion was to ensure the route was safer for all who travel it.
“I’ve had a lot of complaints about (parts of the route) being 50 kilometres. People are passing people and it’s just unsafe,” she said.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back questioned why the municipality would want to alter the speed limit on Ashburn Rd. for the second time since September.
“We changed it from 70 to 50 and got new signs and now we want to change it again?” she asked.
Scugog Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith tried to clarify the intention of the motion.
“I think the logic of this motion is the speed is 50 on Asburn and 70 on Marsh Hill Rd., so we are not consistent all the way through,” Mr. Smith explained, adding that the township does have an inventory of signs if the speed limit were to change.
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten wondered if there was any piece of legislation that said cycling routes should change their speeds.
Scugog’s engineering technician Lori Fox responded, saying that there is a provincial plan that has studied what speeds should be on cycling routes.
“There is not an actual law for that, but there is a cycling plan that the provincial government has undertaken, and it does say that cycling routes can go on roads up to 80 km per hour,” she said.
However, the motion was later referred back to township staff to talk to Durham Trails as well as other municipalities on speed limit consistencies across Durham. The motion has been tentatively set to return to council on Monday, Dec. 14.