Vision Zero can be achieved through safer and livable streets in Edmonton. This safe systems approach combines engineering, education, engagement, enforcement, and evaluation to create safe, livable streets for everyone. Safe Mobility Engineering looks to build new streets or improve older ones with features that help prevent or reduce the severity of mistakes.

The 2020 Vision Zero Annual Report shows that since 2015, fatalities have decreased by 63% and serious injuries have declined by 40%. Our data-driven approach to addressing high collision locations, unsafe speeds, and their contributing causes is working. The positive trend in the reduction of serious injuries and fatalities demonstrates we are on track to reach Vision Zero.

Crosswalk Improvements

Based on 2020 collision statistics, 19 serious and fatal injuries involved drivers failing to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way in a crosswalk. Pedestrian control devices, including crosswalks and traffic signals, help protect people when they cross the street.

In 2020, 69 crosswalks were upgraded, and 248 have been upgraded since Vision Zero began in Edmonton. In 2020, $3 million was spent on improving crosswalks and $1.1 million was spent on traffic signal improvements to improve safety for pedestrians. View the Safe Crossings Dashboard to see locations that have been updated and work that is planned.  When crosswalk upgrades were made in 2020, priority was given to locations based on Vision Zero principles using the following criteria:

  • Pedestrian collision history
  • Number of pedestrians
  • Number of vehicles
  • Number of traffic lanes pedestrians have to cross
  • Existing median or other pedestrian refuge
  • Speed limit

The following crosswalk upgrades were completed in 2020: 

  • 55 flashing beacons
  • 8 pedestrian signals
  • 6 amber flashers

Moving forward in order to align with the principles outlined in the Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025, a new program will be built upon the previous Crosswalk program. This new Safe Crossings program will include new location selection criteria and engineering measures, and uses a proactive approach to create a safe network for everyone using the crosswalk.

Safety at Schools

To address school safe mobility issues through greater integration and collaboration of school traffic safety stakeholders, the City established a School Traffic Safety Committee in 2016. The School Traffic Safety Committee includes members from the City of Edmonton, school boards, the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Motor Association and many other external and internal stakeholders.

In 2020, $1.7 million was spent improving school safety.

Safe mobility is reviewed at schools each year, and when potential problems are identified, engineers identify specific countermeasures that are tailored to each school’s unique experience. 48 schools were reviewed in 2020 for upgrades in 2021.

In 2020, 54 schools were upgraded with the following improvements:

  • All marked crosswalks converted to zebra crosswalks
  • Yield signs replaced with stop signs
  • Yellow centre line pavement marking added if the roadway was wide enough
  • Retro-reflective sleeves added for stop sign and crosswalk poles to increase visibility
  • Flashing beacon added at the crosswalk for each school if there was not one already
Scramble Intersections

Scramble intersections, also known as pedestrian scrambles, allow pedestrians to cross the intersection in all directions at once, including diagonally. Traffic has red lights in all directions. To ensure no vehicles cross paths with pedestrians, vehicles are not permitted to make right turns when traffic signals are red. The City has six permanent scramble intersections (three four-way crossings in the Ice District, three at T-intersections). There are also two pilot pedestrian scrambles on Jasper Avenue and Whyte Avenue.

Bike Network Improvements

Daily bike trips in Edmonton have more than doubled since 2005. Edmonton's bike network of protected bike lanes, particularly the Downtown Bike Network, Southside Bike Routes and West Central Bike Route, shared paths and shared roadways support and inspire Edmontonians of all ages and abilities to move around their communities and city by bike.

The Bike Plan, which is currently being developed, will provide the strategic framework for how the City will plan, design, implement, operate and maintain bike infrastructure and programs in support of ConnectEdmonton. The Plan is informed by extensive community consultation and aspires to make biking inviting for all ages and abilities, for all reasons in all seasons.

Visit Cycling in Edmonton for a map of Edmonton's bike network and to learn more about the Bike Plan.

Stop Signs

The City has been converting yield signs to stop signs to improve safety. By coming to a complete stop, people who drive are more likely to see others who are walking, cycling, driving, or using other modes of transportation.

2020 Installations:

  • Yield signs were converted to stop signs at 122 locations
  • Two way stops were converted to four way stop at 1 location
  • New stop signs were installed at 2 locations
  • New yield signs were installed at 6 locations
Traffic Signal Visibility Improvements

Installing new backboards around signal heads, adding retroreflective tape to backboards, or installing additional signal heads can improve signal visibility. In 2019, 10 locations received signal visibility improvements and from 2016 to 2019, 64 locations have been improved with signal fixtures and/or retroreflective tape.

Collisions can be reduced by a range of 7% to 15% or greater with traffic signal visibility upgrades.

Right Turn Safety

In 2020, 26 serious injury collisions were caused by following too closely. After upgrading and evaluating right turn channels, the City determined that right turn channel upgrades can reduce the number of rear-end collisions by 75%. Right turn channels are now considered for all arterial road reconstructions.

Left Turn Safety

Protected left turn signal phase improvements have been completed at 77 intersections since 2009, including one new location in 2020. This allows people driving to turn left without crossing the path of oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. Providing a protected left-turn phase can reduce left-turn collisions by up to 99%.

Street Safety in Communities

In 2020, neighbourhood renewal work took place in 9 neighbourhoods, led by Building Great Neighbourhoods:

  • Alberta Avenue
  • Central McDougall
  • Eastwood/Elmwood Park
  • Grandview Heights
  • Highlands
  • Inglewood
  • Lorelei
  • Royal Gardens
  • Strathcona 

In total, the following safety improvements were installed: 128 curb extensions, 13 raised crosswalks, 8 intersection realignments, 1 road closure, 59.9 km of new sidewalks, 7 km of new shared-use paths, and 10.7 km of bike lanes.

Complete Streets

Complete Streets are streets for everyone: people who walk, wheel, bike, take transit, or drive. They are designed to be safe, attractive, comfortable and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities.

The Complete Streets approach moves away from traditional design by designing streets that reflect the surrounding area’s context, land use and users. Learn more about planning for complete streets in Edmonton.