40 km/h default speed limit coming to Edmonton August 6 to make our streets safer
July 9, 2021

On August 6, the speed limit will change to 40 km/h on most residential and downtown streets. 

An extensive public education campaign has started to help Edmontonians become aware of the change and adjust their behaviours. Edmontonians are encouraged to be part of the change using the Safe Speeds Toolkit, a resource that includes community signage and shareable graphics to show support of the change to a safer speed limit in our communities.

“40 km/h will make our streets calmer, quieter and safer,” said Jessica Lamarre, Director of Safe Mobility. “The 40 km/h speed limit is critical to achieving Edmonton’s goal of Vision Zero - to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on our streets by 2032. 40 km/h increases drivers’ field of vision, gives everyone more time to react and reduces the likelihood of tragic crashes. Thank you for being a part of this change.”

The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service work together to enforce speed limits and make Edmonton’s streets safer for everyone.

“The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) supports the speed limit reduction to residential and downtown streets,” said Keith Johnson, Inspector of EPS’ Traffic Services Branch. “While speeding and careless driving are traditionally the top neighborhood complaints we hear about, the nice weather and easing of pandemic restrictions will likely result in more foot traffic to the downtown core. The 40 km/h speed limit change to these residential and heavy pedestrian areas of the city will make our streets safer for everyone.”

People seeking more information about the speed limit reduction project can visit edmonton.ca/SafeSpeeds, for resources to help answer most questions about lower speed limits:
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Edmonton Police Service