City Administration presented a thorough analysis of both a 40 km/h citywide default and a 30 km/h Core Zone by weighing safety impacts, public perspective, existing collision data, costs and signage plans.
On March 11, 2020, City Council endorsed:
- A default speed limit of 40 km/h for residential roads throughout Edmonton
- A 40 km/h speed limit for Jasper Avenue, Whyte Avenue and a number of high pedestrian areas
The City completed a systematic road network review to identify where reduced speed limits could increase safety and livability in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods. Roadways that would not support a lowered speed limit were identified and were brought forward for Council’s consideration.
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 new default speed of 40 km/h.