The Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee is recommending the city move forward with an idling bylaw.
The city's committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services chose to hold off on deciding if they would implement an idling bylaw until hearing from the Saskatoon Health Region and school boards, after a meeting in June. The Environmental Advisory Committee, or SEAC, was also asked to comment, and after their latest meeting members are recommending both a bylaw and education and enforcement program. The report to councillors in June mentioned private vehicles contributed to 86 per cent of greenhouse gases in Saskatoon in 2014. However, councillor Troy Davies and the report also noted it would be difficult to enforce and could require more resources to "stake out" specific areas.
Speed limits on one of Saskatoon's busier roads could be increasing. With an interchange being installed at College Drive and McOrmond Drive, city administration has been looking at increasing the speed limit on College from 80 to 90 kilometres an hour. The change would apply from Central Avenue to the East City Limits, which is just over a kilometre and a half. The interchange was originally designed for an 80 kilometre an hour speed limit, but increasing the limit by 10 would require construction crews to move a few poles further into the ditch, and could require bigger signs to accomodate for higher speeds. The Transportation Committee will be discussing the potential changes later today (Tues).