Vision Zero Street Labs are a great way to work with the City to bring traffic safety improvements to your neighbourhood using adaptable traffic calming measures.
Intake for 2024 Vision Zero Street Labs is now closed. Residents who applied during the application period will hear back from Safe Mobility in early 2024.
Each Street Lab project is tailored to the unique needs of the community to creatively address neighbourhood traffic safety concerns such as speeding, short-cutting and other unsafe driving behaviours.
How Does A Street Lab Work?
Vision Zero Street Labs follow a 5-step process.
Step 1: Intake
A community member applies for a Vision Zero Street Lab to address traffic safety concerns in their neighbourhood. The City will review the application and gather more information to get a better understanding of the concerns and determine whether a Street Lab should be explored in the community.
Note: Intake is currently closed. Applications for 2024 ran from November 20 to December 17, 2023.
Step 2: Engagement
If your neighbourhood is selected for Street Lab engagement, the City will explore residents’ perspectives and gain insights into their lived experiences and traffic safety concerns.
Residents in neighbourhoods selected for engagement are asked to participate in the following activities:
An online survey
An interactive mapping tool to pinpoint areas of concern
The results of the engagement will be used in combination with traffic data to determine if a Street Lab is needed to address traffic safety concerns, or if another Safe Mobility program would be more beneficial. A What We Heard Report will be shared with the results of the engagement.
Step 3: Create Plan
City staff will use what they have learned during the engagement phase to develop a Street Lab Plan and share it with residents.
Step 4: Action
City staff will bring the Street Lab to life by installing adaptable measures to address the traffic safety concerns that are heard through the engagement process.
Adaptable traffic calming measures allow the City to trial traffic safety solutions quickly and effectively, with the ability to make adjustments as needed. Adaptable measures may include:
Adaptable speed humps
Adaptable traffic diverters
Vibrant crosswalks and wayfinding signs may also be installed as part of a Street Lab.
Step 5: Evaluate
Community members will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on the project after the measures have been installed for approximately 3 months. This feedback will help inform any next steps.
Street Lab Projects
Visit Engaged Edmonton to find out what is happening in your neighbourhood and share your experience.
A list of all neighbourhoods participating in the program is available on the Safe Streets Map.
If any issues are experienced with these adaptable traffic measures, we encourage residents to contact 311 or connect with the lead Community Activator for your neighbourhood.
If maintenance is required, it will take up to 3 weeks to complete the repair, weather and severity of repairs permitting. Repairs or replacements required during winter months may need to wait until spring, depending on the severity of the issue.
Curb extension placement has been adjusted to reduce impacts of snow and ice based on feedback from residents. Site inspections will occur to verify the effectiveness of the placement of these measures over the winter.
Curb extensions adjacent to monowalks, where there are no boulevards, will have snow pushed to the opposite side, which would result in the curb extension having less snow. When there are monowalks on both sides, the snow will be accumulated in the middle of the road and then cleared away.
Curb extensions adjacent to boulevards will have snow piled onto them.
Snow will be pushed towards the boulevards and cleared with the rest of the windrow if they are removed.
The crossing portion would not be bladed, if there are persistent issues that are flagged by residents they can be addressed using a skid steer.
Only one adaptable traffic diverter exists, which is in the Dovercourt community. The crosswalk in between the curbs would not experience regular clearing, and would require a special request.
Rubber Speed Humps
These areas will be cleared with the adjacent road. Truck plows will work to provide a clean and passable surface. If residual snow is left additional clearings can be requested.