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Old April 3rd, 2015, 05:05 PM   #101
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Actually Quebec's 1950's speed limit did not exist (reasonable and prudent)
And Ontario and Quebec's 1960's speed limits were 70 MPH already...

the 60 mph / 100 km only came after the '73-'74 oil crisis like the American 55.

But for only rural, everyone is doing 120 in the urban areas too. I mean, Hwy 401 across Toronto... either you are at 140 or you are stopped
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Old June 6th, 2015, 06:02 PM   #102
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(I don't know any European country that would sign/allow 120 km/h on simple two-lane roads, although some such examples from Germany were mentioned).
Simple two-lane (1+1) roads without dividers are always 100 km/h in Germany.

2+2 without divider can be unlimited (for cars), 1+1 motorized-only roads with a divider have the same rules as any Autobahn. There are a handful 2+1 roads without dividers (nominally 100 km/h) with a 120 km/h limit though.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 10:21 PM   #103
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Sweden used to have 110 km/h on some regular roads up in the north, they're only 100 km/h nowadays though.
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Old June 8th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #104
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MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT IN CANADA (km/h):

Newfoundland and Labrador 100
Northwest Territories 100
Ontario 100
Prince Edward Island 90
Québec 100
Yukon 100
This is ridiculous. Those places (especially Ontario) have some of the best roads in the North American continent.........yet the max speed limit is so slow.

Any modern car can easily reach those speeds with no problem.

It's definitely time to raise the speed limit
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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:25 AM   #105
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Of course
But it isn't like anyone actually is driving at such limit
Even clueless drivers who will drive too slow and proclaim they always drive the limit, are keeping their speedo needle over 110 at all times.

for the NWT and the Yukon though I am not sure it is so slow, you need to watch out for bears, frost heaves in the paved roads, and washboards on the gravel... not to mention weather conditions... honestly the concept of speed limit in such remote region is useless. Maybe you can make 200 km/h but maybe you can only go 20 km/h on the same section of road. Fortunately I don't think concept of speeding ticket even exists out there (at least not like in non-GTA Ontario)

It is amusing to consider same speed limit on something like Hwy 407 racetrack in Toronto vs. some road in the Yukon with AADT of 500 grizzly bears
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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #106
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How common is it for Canadians to travel to the northern areas of the country by car? Is it something they'll do on a family road trip, or are only a few travelers doing that? I've been following this guy on Youtube, a Canadian trucker, but he doesn't seem to get anywhere north of the Yellowhead Highway.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:56 AM   #107
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I would call it extremely rare

It's relatively common for people (either young people or families) to make an east-west trip (say, to Vancouver from Toronto and east, frequently via the USA) but north is really rare. I think one day I'll go (maybe up James Bay) but not for a while. The scenery up there doesn't seem very compelling (compare with, say, Rocky Mountains), there are no human-related things of interest and there are huge mosquitoes everywhere.

There are relatively considerable number of people from Edmonton and BC going up Alaska Highway though in the summer, many RV's...
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Old June 9th, 2015, 02:32 AM   #108
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Interesting... looks like every continental US state now has limits above 100km/h / 60 MPH


Did the Northern Territory of Australia enact a speed limit? I'd swear the last time this picture was posted they didn't have one.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 06:39 AM   #109
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Though it's OT, yes, unfortunately they gave up the no-limit regulation and have a 130 km/h upper limit.
So, which regions apart from Germany and the Isle of Man remain with an absence of a general speed limit on certain roads?
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Old June 9th, 2015, 09:21 AM   #110
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Northern Territory abolished speed limits on some long-distance routes again in 2014.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 07:54 PM   #111
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Interesting... looks like every continental US state now has limits above 100km/h / 60 MPH

LOL, how is that 65 mile/h is equal to 105 km/h? If the measurement is 5 mile/h to 10 km/h in this map?
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Old June 9th, 2015, 08:01 PM   #112
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65 mph is pretty close to 105, like 104.6 km/h, but where in the world is there a limit of 105 km/h

But yeah, there is some rounding to keep things comparable
e.g. 55 mph is more like 88 km/h, 85 mph is more like 137 km/h than 140, 100 km/h is more like 62,5 mph than 60...
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Makes sense.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 01:39 AM   #114
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Though it's OT, yes, unfortunately they gave up the no-limit regulation and have a 130 km/h upper limit.
So, which regions apart from Germany and the Isle of Man remain with an absence of a general speed limit on certain roads?
Sorry for the off topic bit, but thanks for your answer.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 04:38 PM   #115
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I'm pretty sure Louisiana has a speed limit of 70 mph
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Old June 16th, 2015, 12:46 AM   #116
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I just came across this photo from 1942:



The Pennsylvania turnpike, opened in 1940, was the first freeway in the US and maybe the first one outside Germany.
I though there was no speed limit back in the old days.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 12:49 AM   #117
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it's pretty impressive 70 mph limit in 1942
Most US cars had very weak flat-head engines, 70 mph would be more than many of them would be able to sustain constantly

It would be like seeing today speed limit 250 km/h
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Old June 16th, 2015, 12:58 AM   #118
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Yes, for this reason I though that speed limits weren't much a concern in the old days, as most cars, weren't capable of high speeds anyway.
Most Italian motorways had no speed limit at all before 1973 oil crisis. But most cars that were popular in those years, like Fiat 500, Fiat 600, etc... weren't capable to drive above 130 anyway.
Apart from that, people became more conscious about traffic safety (and air pollution) only after the car boom in the 1960s. In the early days of automobile era: greater speed = more modern and better car and more fun!
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Old June 16th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #119
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I'm pretty sure Louisiana has a speed limit of 70 mph
Portions of I-49 are posted at 75 mph.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #120
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Recent news:

-Wisconsin finally increases speed limit to 70mph

-Nevada and Montana speed limits will increase to 80 mph this year
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