City Council has directed Administration to consider:
- A city-wide default speed limit of 40 km/h on both local residential and collector roadways
- A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local residential roadways in high density neighbourhoods located in central Edmonton, which is being referred to as the Core Zone
Administration is currently finalizing the proposed boundaries of this Core Zone. High pedestrian and Main Street locations, such as Whyte Avenue, Jasper Avenue, 124 Street, and 118 Avenue, are also being considered.
Administration will return to City Council in January 2020 to present different scenarios for neighbourhood speed reductions, based on the above direction from Council.
The city is made up of higher traffic roads that are designed to move people in and out of residential areas. These are referred to as arterial and collector roads. The City wants to ensure that the changes under consideration make sense for communities and people.
Based on this:
- Arterial roads in residential areas are not under review for reduced speed limits
- City Administration will evaluate residential collector roads to determine if some should remain at 50 km/h
Administration looks at collision frequency, adjacent land use, traffic volume and existing speed limits, the primary use and design of the road and whether there are mixed transportation modes and other speed reduction zones (such as playground zones) present. Based on this analysis, Administration will recommend to Council which collector roads should be exempted from the lower speed limits.