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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

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. 

Next Steps

Based on the direction from Council, City Administration will return to Community and Public Services Committee on January 29, 2020 to present different scenarios for residential neighbourhood speed adjustments.

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, 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.

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

January 29, 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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