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North Van drops Edgemont Village speed limit to 30 km/h

Time to slow your roll on this commercial drag 🚗
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A pedestrian crosses Edgemont Boulevard in North Vancouver, Jan 9, 2023. District of North Vancouver council has voted to lower the speed limit to 30 kilometres per hour. | Paul McGrath / North Shore News

Driving through Edgemont Village? It’s time to slow your roll.

District of North Vancouver council will be lowering the speed limit on the main drag to 30 kilometres per hour.

Council voted unanimously Monday for a one-year pilot project to knock 20 kilometres per hour off the current Edgemont Boulevard speed limit between Ridgewood Drive and Queens Road.

Coun. Lisa Muri said the area has more drivers and pedestrians now and people may not be aware how fast 50 km/h really is when they’re driving in a luxury vehicle.

“Lots of things have changed. We need to slow down more. I think people will be supportive of it. I think it’ll make a visit to the village a lot more palatable to more people,” she said.

The Edgemont Village Business Association has previously lobbied for a slower speed limit through the village, and the Edgemont and Upper Capilano Community Association is now in favour of the proposal, Muri said.

Council members were largely supportive of Muri’s plan, but Mayor Mike Little cautioned council they may have to change tack if the move simply encourages people to find rat runs around the village.

“If Edgemont Boulevard is too slow, people will go to Colwood Drive, and we have an elementary school on Colwood. And so that’s always going to be my concern,” he said.

Several district residents turned out to urge council to go ahead with the project, arguing it would make the neighbourhood safer and more pleasant while having a negligible impact on drivers’ commute times.

The change will not take effect until after the district has posted new signs showing the 30 km/h limit.

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