The City is exploring how lowering speed limits can create safe, livable streets for everyone. Reducing speeds can make our streets calmer, quieter, and safer for people walking, biking, driving, and enjoying their neighbourhood. Safe, livable streets help us reach our goal of Vision Zero. Safety is the priority.
We know time is important and valuable. Reducing speed limits will have very little impact on trip times. The Estimated Time of Arrival tool has been developed to show how driving times could change given the two different approaches to speed limit reductions.
City Council has directed Administration to consider two options:
- A default speed limit of 40 km/hr for residential roads throughout Edmonton and
- A default speed limit of 30 km/hr on residential roadways as generally outlined in the Core Zone, roadways located outside the Core Zone would not change
Mainstreets and High Pedestrian Areas
The City is also considering reducing speed limits on Main Streets, such as Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue, and other high pedestrian areas.
The City completed a systematic road network review to identify where reduced speed limits could increase safety and liveability in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods. Roadways that would not support a lowered speed limit will be identified and brought forward for Council’s consideration.
If Council decides to move forward with new speed limits, speed limit signs will be added or updated where required. This will include providing signs where speed limits transition from one to another. As well, if Council decides to move forward with any speed limit changes, an extensive, city-wide education campaign will take place. The City has developed a refreshed signage approach for both the 30 km/hr Core Zone and 40 km/hr default that will reduce the number of road signs on our streets wherever possible.