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The Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025, currently under development, is Edmonton’s approach to advancing Vision Zero. It is a key component of the City's strategic goals for the next 10 years and supports ConnectEdmonton in creating a safe, healthy city for all residents. 

Edmonton is planning for its future – to grow into a healthy city of 2 million people and a neighbourly city with community and personal wellness that embodies and promotes equity for all Edmontonians. Transformational change is needed to bring this vision to life. The Safe Mobility Strategy will present a collaborative and integrated set of actions and strategies that contribute to traffic safety goals and objectives. Traffic safety is at the heart of supporting a healthy city, livable urban places, and a prosperous regional economy.

As part of this, the City is looking at places where lowering speed limits can create safe, livable streets for everyone. 

Project Status

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.

Exception Roadways

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.

Signage Plan

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.

Next Steps

Based on the direction from Council, City Administration will return to Community and Public Services Committee on February 26, 2020 to present different scenarios for residential neighbourhood speed adjustments. At this time, a Non-Statutory Public Hearing will also be held. Details below.

Any adjustments to the existing speed limits will need final approval by City Council. Should Council wish to proceed with changes to speed limits, and depending on which approach Council selects, the public will have an opportunity to comment and provide input at a Public Hearing where changes to applicable bylaws would be presented.

If any speed limit bylaws were to change, an extensive, city-wide education campaign would take place.

Non-Statutory Public Hearing

Part of the Residential Speed Limits discussion will be the Non-Statutory Public Hearing, also taking place on February 26, 2020 as part of the Community and Public Services Committee meeting. The Non-Statutory Public Hearing will be held in the River Valley Room at City Hall.

If you wish to speak at the Public Hearing, please visit edmonton.ca/meetings and fill in the Request to Speak form. You may also register to speak by calling the Office of the City Clerk at 780-496-8178. Please note that you may register to speak in person until the start of the meeting on February 26. If you require assistance, please contact the Office of the City Clerk. You may send your written comments to the Office of the City Clerk or by email to city.clerk@edmonton.ca or fax 780-496-8175. All written submissions will be available for public viewing at the Office of the City Clerk. 

Project History

2009 to 2012 - Speed Reduction Pilot Project

Speeds were reduced to 40km/hr in 6 neighbourhoods

Final Report

2016 - Evaluation of 30 km/hr school zones

Playground Zones: Why 30?

June 7, 2017 - Council Report

Public Engagement on Residential Speed Limits

April 18, 2018 - Council Report

Public and Internal Engagement on Residential Speed Limits

March 20, 2019 - Council Report

Residential Speed Limits and Roadway Classification Examples

April 24, 2019 - Council Report

Draft Framework and Bylaw Options - Local Residential Roads Speed Limits

September 2019 - Vision Zero Update Council Report

2019 - 2020 Vision Zero Update and Upcoming Traffic Safety-Related Council Motions

December 4, 2019 - Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025

Draft Vision and Principles Council Report: Community and Public Services Committee

Future Reports Going to City Council

February 26, 2020 - Residential Speeds discussion at Community and Public Services Committee
View the latest City Council and Committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.

For More Information

Email saferoads@edmonton.ca

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