As part of its role and mandate to ensure that our residents and visitors can enjoy livable, sustainable, and accessible neighbourhoods, the City of Cambridge operates and supports a number of initiatives to promote road safety.

NEW – Cambridge pilot for 40km/h area speed limits begins in four residential neighbourhoods the week of July 28th

The pilot project was presented to Council on March 2nd*, see the 40km/h Neighbourhood Speed Limit Pilot or Council Report for more information.

 Speed Management
The City has a series of tools to create more liveable neighbourhoods by mitigating the impacts of traffic and speeding.

Through the Speed Management Program residents can request temporary speed awareness features, assessments for physical traffic calming, or launch their own neighbourhood improvement project.

If you would like to inquire about Speed Management email transportation@cambridge.ca.

 40km/hr neighbourhood speed limit pilot
A pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of neighbourhood wide 40km/h speed limits is proposed for four Cambridge neighbourhoods.

The pilot project will take approximately two years to complete with implementation of the pilot zones beginning this Spring.

Maximum 40 (Black on White) with AREA tab(Yellow on Blue). Left has BEGINS tab (White on Black), right has ENDS tab.

All streets within the pilot areas will have a speed limit of 40km/h marked with 40km/h Area signs at each boundary point.  As of May 2018 the Highway Traffic Act allows speed limits other than 50km/h without block by block signage in bounded zones.  While supplementary Area signs may be used within the pilot neighbourhoods, speed limits will not be signed along the street except where existing for school and park zones.

In order to provide a realistic sample of how reduced speed limit zones impact driver behaviour pilot areas were determined based on:

• Limited access points to minimize signage and transition areas

• One or more collector roads

• Historic atypical speeding

• Existing School and Park Zones

• Differing neighbourhood characteristics (i.e. urban/suburban/rural, modern/historic, grid/non-grid pattern streets)

 map of cambridge highlighting four areas labeled 1-4

See the detail maps for each neighbourhood:

1 – North Hespeler

2 – Lower Preston

3 – Central Cambridge

4 – Southwest Galt

 Speed awareness 

These programs are temporary by-request installations rotated through the city on a weekly or bi-weekly basis Spring-Fall.

 Radar speed boards
Radar Speed Boards, sometimes referred to as Driver Feedback Signs or Radar Message Boards, display real time speeds of oncoming vehicles.

The Radar Speed Board Program is an educational tool intended to promote safe and responsible driving throughout our neighbourhoods.  The program educates motorists on the speeds at which they are driving, as well as educating residents about the real speed of vehicles traveling through their neighbourhood. 

The program is based on the principal that many motorists are somewhat unaware that they are travelling at an excessive rate of speed, since most motorists generally drive at a speed deemed comfortable, depending on road geometry and roadside development. The operating speed electronically displayed on the Board is a strong visual reminder to the motorist to comply with the posted speed limit.

The Radar Speed Boards have been well-received as a community education tool to raise awareness of motorist travel speed through neighbourhoods. Boards are rotated through the city on a weekly basis.

 Where's Tommy?
"Where’s Tommy & Friends?" is an interactive speed management initiative reminding drivers to slow down in residential neighbourhoods. 

The "Where’s Tommy?" program aims to make drivers more aware of their surroundings, especially in school zones, at corners and pedestrian areas. 

How does it work?

Residents can send an online request for Tommy or one of his friends to visit their street for a couple weeks;

If multiple requests come in, a waiting list will be formed;

Tommy & Friends will be rotated between streets for two weeks at a time and updated on an interactive map

Where is the crew this week?

 Traffic calming
The City of Cambridge receives numerous complaints or concerns from residents every year regarding speeding, traffic volumes and/or cut through traffic in residential areas. The Transportation & Engineering Services division responds by investigating the need for traffic calming measures to restore the street back to its intended function in the neighbourhood.

While aggressive drivers could travel on any street, not all streets warrant traffic calming.  Traffic calming is used when most drivers are travelling faster than expected or there is a significant amount of non-local traffic indicating that the road, not the driver, is not functioning as intended. The City has adopted a Traffic Calming Policy to identify and prioritize streets for intervention.   

Many residents request interventions that are not traffic calming devices such as: traffic signals, all-way stops, or reduced speed limits. Using the wrong tools to address a traffic issue not only doesn't solve the problem, but may create additional safety issues. Examples of traffic calming devices include: on-street parking, speed cushions, curb extensions and raised intersections and crosswalks.

Often times after a traffic investigation is completed, the complaints or concerns do not represent the behaviour of the majority of road users and therefore do not qualify for traffic calming interventions. In these cases residents may apply for projects to slow down or beautify their streets through the Keep Calm: Resident-led Neighbourhood Improvements program.

 Seasonal on-road traffic calming signs
A type of “soft calming”, Seasonal Traffic Calming signs are a tool that can be used to control speeds, increase awareness of school and trail crossings or delineate lanes. As the name suggests the signs are seasonal and are only used between May and October. Outside of this time period the signs are removed as they impede winter maintenance operations and are likely to be damaged.

Examples include:

 on road signs deliniating parking lane and speed limit

Speed reduction - Used in a series or in conjunction with physical traffic calming the signs are used to narrow the lane widths, altering driver behavior. The narrowed lanes make most drivers less comfortable speeding without negatively impacting emergency services and transit.

 on road sign with pedestrian warning symbol and speed limit

Pedestrian crossings - The seasonal traffic calming signs are also used to increase visibility and awareness of school or trail crossings. A sign placed near the centre of the crossing is more visible to the driver and increases awareness of the crossing.

 blue bollards along bike lane

Lane separation - The flexible bollards are commonly used to delineate bike lanes, multi-use trails or along the centreline of the road to delineate two-way traffic and prohibit passing.

 Keep Calm - Resident-led neighbourhood improvements
Looking for ways to make drivers slow down in your neighbourhood or add beauty to your streetscape? The Keep Calm program can help you do just that through tactical urbanism.

Examples from other cities below:

 road murals and community signs

Keep Calm is a resident-led neighbourhood improvements program that encourages neighbours to get together and implement creative projects to slow down or beautify their neighbourhood streets. The program has three main objectives:

  1. To slow traffic by bringing attention to the pedestrian environment;
  2. To foster community and identity within neighbourhoods; and
  3. To enhance the overall look and feel of neighbourhood streets.

Learn more below:

Keep Calm Guide for Residents

Keep Calm Application Form

 Automated speed enforcement
Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is a fixed camera radar device approved for use in Ontario School & Community Safety Zones.  

The Region of Waterloo is initiating a School Zone ASE program, the first location for Cambridge is the St. Gabriel School Zone on Guelph Avenue in Hespeler.

 Road Closure and Construction Zone Safety
Every day the City of Cambridge maintains roadways in order to ensure all drivers and road users can travel easily, accessibly and safely. In order to maintain the roads with high standards, city crews set up thousands of construction zones for the purpose of repairing and paving roads, utility work, capital projects and rehabilitation.

Road safety guidelines

Use signs

Road crews are out daily making repairs in order to ensure everyone is safe. Help them stay safe by always staying alert and paying attention to the signs. Signs contain essential information about traffic conditions, road closures and detours ahead.

Learn more about construction and road signage in Ontario

Slow down

Drive at the posted reduced speed limit.

Be patient

Road closures are not here to personally inconvenience you, they are important to improving the roads we drive on each day. You may not be saving time but you are saving lives.

Defensive driving

Remember to leave appropriate time and spacing between you and the car in front in order to give yourself enough time to break, as sudden stops can be expected in construction zones. Also, be cautious of trucks turning or backing up.

Expect delays and plan ahead

Plan for delays by leaving early enough so that you can reach your destination on time. You can also consider alternate routes. You can also plan ahead by finding traffic updates on your favourite navigation app or listening to local radio for traffic updates.

Comply with directions given construction crews directing traffic

Stay alert and be prepared to obey the flagger’s directions. In a construction zone, the flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign

Apps to help plan your route

  • Google Maps
  • Apple Maps

Truck Routes

A heavy truck is defined as a commercial vehicle having a weight of 4.6 tonnes or more unloaded. Heavy trucks are prohibited on all roads unless signed otherwise and/or making a delivery via the shortest possible route from a truck route. Parking is prohibited for heavy trucks on any residential street

 Safe Roads Waterloo Region
graphic of stop watch, cyclist and car on a road. text: 15 seconds to check a text message, 10 seconds to put on your shoes, 5 seconds to pour your coffee, 3 seconds to give a hug, 2 seconds to breath in and out, 1 second to look left and right, less than a second to collide with another vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.

The Region of Waterloo’s Safe Roads initiative provides education and awareness for all users with tips for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists navigating different scenarios, particularly conventional and roundabout intersections.

 Pedestrian Crossovers

Drivers, including cyclists, must stop and yield the whole roadway at: 

 

Pedestrian crossovers

black pedestrian symbol on white background with black borderwhere these rectangular black and white pedestrian signs are present pedestrians have the right of way, drivers are legally required to stop for the entire duration of the crossing

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

School crossings with guard

black pedestrian symbols (2 children) on yellow background with black border and a red stop signCrossing guards control the whole crosswalk, drivers may not cross the crosswalk when the crossing guard has a stop sign on display even if their lane is open.  Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way unless a crossing guard is not present and displaying a stop sign.

Drivers and cyclists who do not yield may be fined $150 to $500 and face three demerit points. Crossovers are identified by specific signs, road markings and lights.

 

 

  

 

 

Check out the Region of Waterloo's What you need to know about pedestrian crossovers.