Dozens of people came out Tuesday at the first in a series of public hearings the Highway Traffic Board is holding regarding considering speed zone increases to 60 km/h, up from the current 50 km/h, in parts of Winnipeg.

Tuesday's hearing, which drew about 60 people, dealt with sections on Dugald Road, Grant Ave, Waverley Street and Pembina Highway.

Many people at the meeting spoke out against the proposed increase mostly because of concerns over children in the areas at schools and day cares, along with raising worries over cyclists’ safety.

Those in favour of the increase say the increased speed limit makes sense because they are main roadways, with most people driving 60 km/h anyway.

One supporter says there are already several city schools near areas of 60 km/h an hour or higher. 

The Highway Traffic Board has suggested uniform speeds along the routes will be clearer and safer for drivers.

The board is holding more meetings on the proposed changes.