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The #GoSlowPtbo Sign Campaign has Come to an End

With all 300 signs now distributed throughout the City of Peterborough and surrounding townships, the #GoSlowPtbo Campaign has wound down, but you can continue to remind motorists to drive slowly and carefully in your neighbourhood by displaying a CAA sign on your lawn.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is distributing similar lawn signs that encourage all vehicles to Slow Down Please.

CAA road safety sign says Slow Down Please
CAA Slow Down Please signs are available to anyone living in South Central Ontario from any CAA store. Photo courtesy of CAA magazine, Summer 2021 Issue.

According to a CAA poll conducted in July, 2020, over 59% of Canadians indicated that they felt dangerous driving was on the rise during the pandemic.

The Summer 2021 issue of the CAA Magazine  states that up to two free signs are available to people living in south and central Ontario.  Distribution of the signs will be suspended until the CAA stores reopen following the extended provincial lockdown, so please be patient.  You can check to see the status of your local store at the CAA store website.

The safety of vulnerable road users remains a priority, and these signs are a way of reminding motorists of their speed as they travel in residential areas in Peterborough.

The same rules for sign placement apply to the CAA signs, so please ensure that you are able to place the sign in a spot that meets the criteria set out below. 

Where can these lawn signs be placed?
  • On your lawn 0.6 metres (2 feet) from the curb
  • Where it will not obstruct sight lines for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers
  • Inserted into the ground using the wire frame, or
  • On your balcony, safely secured
Where can they not be placed?
  • On public property, or your neighbour’s property
  • On the boulevard
  • Where the sign may obstruct the vision of drivers, especially when pulling into, or out of, a driveway
  • Anywhere that obstructs a parking space
  • Within 3 metres (10 feet) of a fire hydrant
  • In a drainage ditch or anywhere that blocks access to, or the operation of a culvert
  • On a public building, structure, post, pole, tree or bush
Are these signs enforceable by police?

No, the signs are an educational tool.  The Peterborough Police Service will not enforce these signs.

Thank you again for being a champion for safer neighbourhoods!

The #GoSlowPtbo project would not have been a success without YOU!Woman holding a Go Slow Peterborough Sign in front of her house.

While my signs are all out in the community now, street safety doesn’t end with this project.  Remember to Go Slow in residential neighbourhoods, avoid shortcuts that use local residential streets, and please contact your City of Peterborough Ward Councillor if you would like to see the speed limit on local neighbourhood streets lowered to 40 km/h throughout Peterborough. 

Email information for the Mayor, and Councillors for all 5 wards, can be found on the City of Peterborough’s website:  Mayor and Council.

Stay safe, and #GoSlow Otonabee Ward!


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