As of Monday, August 23, 2021, the speed limits on all downtown Whitehorse streets will be 40 km/h. Speed limits in school and playground zones will remain unchanged at 30 km/h.
Existing school and playground zones will be retained at 30 km/h.
As a part of the Safe Speeds Downtown initiative in 2020, Mayor and Council explored the potential of speed limit reductions as a means to improving general road safety in the Downtown core. This was driven by general road safety concerns in the Downtown core, particularly along 2nd Avenue, and reccomendations of the 2nd Avenue Corridor Study (2020) and the Memorandum on Safety Interventions and Downtown Speed Reductions (2020).
As part of the proposed speed limit changes, an extensive communications campaign will be launched to educate and inform the public about the proposed changes.
Note: As part of the Safe Speeds Downtown, Mayor and Council explored developing a 40 km/h and 30 km/h hybrid approach. Since then, the scope of implementation has been changed to 40 km/h.