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In the summer of 2021, the speed limit on many streets in Edmonton is changing to create safer streets, livable communities, and achieve Vision Zero:
 

  • Edmonton’s default speed limit is being reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h; this will primarily affect residential roads
  • The speed limit within high pedestrian areas and the main street portions of Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue will also be reduced to 40 km/h  

Slowing down gives people more time to react to the unexpected to prevent crashes and reduce the severity of collisions.

Reduced speed limits will have very little impact on trip times. The Estimated Time of Arrival Tool shows how driving times would change given the new default speed limit of 40 km/h.

Please comply with all speed limits to help make our streets safer, quieter and calmer for all. 

This change will make our streets calmer, quieter, and safer for all and is a key action included in the Safe Mobility Strategy which comes forward for discussion at the December 1 Urban Planning Committee meeting.

Speed Limit Map

All roads indicated with the news 40 km/h  speed limit  are expected to take effect summer 2021. Use this map to look up which roads will have the new speed limit of 40km/hr effective in summer 2021. This interactive street map of Edmonton features colourful street markings to indicate the speed limits for every road in the city.

Project Status

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 on the main street portions of Jasper Avenue and Whyte Avenue. All speed changes are indicated in the Speed Limit Map posted above. 

Next Steps

Starting in the spring of 2021, speed limit signs will be added, removed or updated where required. The City has developed a refreshed signage approach that will reduce the number of road signs on our streets wherever possible. 

A public awareness campaign will take place to advise Edmontonians of the when new speed limits will become effective. The Speed Limit Map above shows which streets will be receiving reduced speed limits.

The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service are working closely together to educate the public and make sure people are aware of the changes to the speed limits. Both organizations collaborate to share information and best support safety on our streets.

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.

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

For More Information

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