The city has lowered the speed limit to 40 km/h along the Departure Bay Beach section of Departure Bay Road for the summer months. The trial speed change aims to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians and will be accompanied by enforcement and education campaigns. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Speed limit lowered at Departure Bay Beach

Speed limit reduced to 40 km/h until the fall

The city is conducting a trial speed limit reduction on Departure Bay Road at Departure Bay Beach from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.

To improve walking and cycling comfort and safety, the city will trial a 40 km/h speed limit for the summer, notes a city press release. The municipality, ICBC, and RCMP will host education and enforcement campaigns.

Departure Bay Road carries about 11,000 vehicles per day and currently has a 50-kilometres-per-hour speed limit with a 30-km/h advisory speed at the Kinsman Park playground. During the summer, Departure Bay Beach becomes a popular destination with a huge increase in cyclists and pedestrians, the release notes.

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