Neighbourhood Speed Limits
Safer Streets Through Safer Speeds
While speed doesn’t always cause crashes, it always determines the severity of a crash. This is because our speed creates a force and it’s our vehicle and our bodies that absorb this force in a crash. This means the faster we choose to travel, the more severe the crash will be.
Driving over the speed limit increases your chances of being in a crash, shortens the time you have to react to avoid a crash, increases stopping distance, and increases the severity of injuries in a collision. Speeding, even a little above the limit, puts lives at risk, especially pedestrians and cyclists. The speed limit on local roads is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted, however, this is the maximum legal speed limit. Please drive for safety and keep an eye out for children playing.
Lower City-Wide Residential Speed Limits
As part of Vision Zero Edmonton, the City of Edmonton has been and is engaging with the public about safe speeds on local and collector residential roads.
- Local Roads
Provide direct access to property and are often narrow and lined with houses and apartments. Traffic volume is low. Service roads are also considered local roads.
- Collector Roads
Vary in size and appearance and connect local and arterial roads. Collector roads may give access to residences, small businesses, churches and recreation centres. Public transit buses generally operate on collector roads within neighbourhoods.
- Arterial Roads
Have relatively fewer access points and carry large volumes of people driving as well as those riding transit, walking, cycling, and delivering goods.
- Freeways or Expressways
High traffic volume and speed roads with limited access and typically grade separated intersections.
To find out which roads in your neighbourhood are local, collector or arterial, go to maps.edmonton.ca and expand the Base Layer Legend.
To remind drivers to watch their speed, the City uses speed-limit signs, photo-enforcement signs, and driver-feedback signs that flash vehicle speed. Automated enforcement may also be used.
Speed Reduction Pilot
Six Edmonton communities lowered their speed limits to 40 km/h from May 1-October 31, 2010 as part of a pilot project to study the impact of lower speed limits on overall safety and quality of life.
Speed Reduction Pilot
Our bodies are fragile and even a small difference in speed can mean the difference between life and death. This is especially true for pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. You can play your part by staying within the speed limit and driving to the conditions. Remember that a speed limit is a maximum travel speed, not merely a guide.
Between 2012-2016, there were 833 fatal or serious injury collisions in 50 km/h zones and 700 in 60 km/h zones. Driving even a few kilometres over the speed limit adds to the risk.
When in a crash in Edmonton, compared to motorists:
- Pedestrians are approximately 55 times more likely to die
- Motorcyclists are approximately 30 times more likely to die
- Bicyclists are approximately 6 times more likely to die
- statistics based on 2012-2016 collision data
Collision Locations (2012-2016)