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Project Status

Implementation, Education, and Enforcement

Starting this summer, the speed limit will be 40 km/h on most residential and downtown streets.

As of May 1, the City began adding, removing and updating speed limit signs where required. As part of this project, we developed a refreshed speed limit signage approach that will reduce the number of signs on our streets wherever possible.

Why 40 km/h?

Reducing speed limits on residential streets and in downtown and high pedestrian areas will make our streets safer, calmer, and quieter for everyone. Slowing down gives people more time to react to the unexpected to prevent crashes and reduce the severity of collisions that do happen. The Estimated Time of Arrival Tool shows how little impact there will be to driving times with this change.

Reducing speed limits is one important action within the Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025, 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, urban and climate resilient city for all residents.

Speed Limit Map

Which Roads will be 40 km/h?

Starting this August, the city-wide default speed limit will be 40 km/h. If you don’t see a speed limit sign on a residential road, the speed limit will be 40 km/h.

The Estimated Time of Arrival Tool shows how little impact there will be to driving times with this change.

All roads indicated with the new 40 km/h speed limit are expected to take effect this August. The implementation date will be announced in July, one month, before this new speed limit is in effect, alongside a public education campaign.

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Next Steps

The new speed limit effective date will be announced and shared through an extensive public education campaign one month before it is in effect. The expected effective date for the default speed limit will be in early August.

A Safe Speeds Toolkit will be made available to the public to encourage Edmontonians to get involved and be part of the change.

A grace period will be in effect for automated enforcement locations with new speed limits to help drivers adjust their behaviour accordingly.

Helping Edmontonians become aware of the change and adjust their behaviours is key to success.

Project History

A Public Hearing for the applicable bylaws was held on November 4, 2020. Following the Public Hearing, City Council passed the second and third readings of Charter Bylaw 19282, which reduces the city-wide default speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.

In alignment with the Charter Bylaw 19282, City Council also endorsed Bylaw 19283, Speed Zones Bylaw, which reduces the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h within a number of high pedestrian areas as well as Downtown and on the main street portions of Jasper Avenue and Whyte Avenue. All speed changes are indicated in the Speed Limit Map posted above.

Project History
November 4/5 - City Council Public Hearing
June 22/23 - City Council 
March 9/11, 2020

Residential Speeds discussion and decision at City Council (Items 6.10-6.18)

February 26, 2020

Residential Speeds discussion at Community and Public Services Committee

December 4, 2019 - Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025

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

September 2019 - Vision Zero Update Council Report

2020 Vision Zero Update

Upcoming Traffic Safety-Related Council Motions

April 24, 2019 - Council Report

Draft Framework and Bylaw Options - Local Residential Roads Speed Limits

March 20, 2019 - Council Report

Residential Speed Limits and Roadway Classification Examples

April 18, 2018 - Council Report

Public and Internal Engagement on Residential Speed Limits

June 7, 2017 - Council Report

Public Engagement on Residential Speed Limits

2016 - Evaluation of 30 km/hr school zones

Playground Zones: Why 30?

2009 to 2012 - Speed Reduction Pilot Project

Speeds were reduced to 40km/hr in 6 neighbourhoods

Final Report

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