The community of Riverview is currently piloting the Pace Car program in Cochrane. The Pace Car program is a national, locally delivered program that focuses on raising awareness around speed reduction in the community, especially in playground zones and pedestrian-dense areas.
The Pace Car program involves seeking out community members to sign up as Pace Car drivers. Participants sign up and proudly display the official Pace Car decal on their car window. Many Pace Cars work to calm traffic throughout a neighbourhood — the more people who participate, the better it works!
What is the Pace Car Pledge?
Residents agree to drive the posted speed limit. Cars become a "mobile speed bump" and slow speeding traffic behind them. Traffic is not only calmed on one street, but throughout a neighbourhood.
Drivers also agree to be more aware of, and courteous to, other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists, and to minimize car use by using active transportation (walking, cycling, etc.) and car-pooling.
To reduce the chance of road rage, it's important for Pace Car drivers to display the Pace Car stickers so other motorists know why they are driving courteously. If someone urgently wishes to pass, a Pace Car driver simply pulls over and lets them by.