Speed limits in campbell river
There are different speed limits in Campbell River.
By default, the speed limit within municipalities is 50 km/hr, unless otherwise posted.
By default, the speed limit outside a municipality is 80 km/hr, unless otherwise posted.
school zones and playground zones
School zones and playground zones may or may not be signed at 30 km/hr.
If the school zone sign does not have a 30 km/hr tab, the speed limit remains the speed limit on the street. Similarly, if the playground zone sign does not have a 30 km/hr tab, the speed limit remains the speed limit on the street.
If a playground zone is posted at 30 km/hr, the 30 km/hr speed limit is in effect dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
If a school zone is posted at 30 km/hr, the 30 km/hr speed limit is in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school days.
40 km/hr residential zones
North Penfield and Cheviot Road
In 2018, the City has installed trial 40 km/hr speed limits in two residential areas, in the North Penfield and Cheviot Road neighbourhoods.
Drivers will see 40 km/hour signs as they turn off a main street onto a local street in these neighbourhoods. In the Quinsam Heights neighbourhood, signs are posted for drivers turning off Petersen Road onto Cheviot Road, Hopton Road and Kathleen Road, as well as Spruce Street hill, prior to Treelane Road. The North Penfield neighbourhood is behind the Sportsplex (Penfield Road, Juniper Drive, Meadowbrook Drive, Fern Drive).
At the July 30, 2018 meeting, Council approved lowering the speed limit in these two neighbourhoods for improved safety and livability. Lower speed limits should encourage more walking and cycling, especially in areas without sidewalks. Staff will monitor the effects of lower speeds during this trial period, and report back to Council this spring.
At lower speeds, a driver is more likely to be able to stop a vehicle in reaction to an unexpected hazard related to a child, deer, cat or dog, for example. Also, if a collision occurs, the severity is drastically reduced at lower speeds. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle is significantly more likely to survive if the vehicle is traveling at a lower speed.
The North Penfield and Cheviot Road neighbourhoods were selected because they require few sign changes, allowing reduced speed limits to go into effect quickly, with costs for new signs covered by the City’s current roads budget, and the RCMP supported the change.
Also, these neighbourhoods are accessed through local streets with low traffic volumes and relatively low speeds, and they contain school zones, playground zones or bike routes, so we’ll be able to assess effects on a variety of activities. We’ll also be including any feedback from residents in our spring report, and we encourage people to call the transportation department with comments.
The City lowered the speed limit on Murphy Street to 40km/hr in March, 2021. Council requested the change at the January 25, 2021 Council meeting, due to high traffic volumes, high traffic speeds and resident concerns. Signs are now installed. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to speed limit signs.
2nd Avenue and Birch Street by the hospital are also signed at 30 km/hr.
South Dogwood Street from McPhedran Road to Jubilee Parkway is signed 60 km/hr.
Provincial highways are under the jurisdiction of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Highway 19, Highway 28, Jubilee Parkway from Highway 19 to Highway 19A). These are generally posted above 50 km/hr.
Please obey all speed limit signs. They are in place to keep us all safe!
For additional information about speed limits in Campbell River, please contact:
City of Campbell River Transportation Department at:
250-286-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: 301 St. Ann's Road, Campbell River, BC V9W 4C7