Neighbourhood Street Safety
EFCL Calling for a Reduction in Residential Speed Limits
On February 26, 2020, City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee will be discussing the 10 reports relating to traffic safety and residential speed limit reductions. The reports with attachments are available here.
At this meeting, Council will be considering the following options, with a comparison of the two approaches here:
A 40 km/hr default speed limit on residential roads throughout Edmonton, OR
A 30km/hr speed limit on residential roads within the Core Zone, with the residential roads outside of the core zone remaining at 50 km/hr
The EFCL will be attending the hearing to share results from our Street Safety Survey and the position adopted by the EFCL Board of Directors. Based on the survey results and data from across North America that indicates a reduction in speed limits on residential roads improves the comfort and safety of all road users with a negligible increase in travel time, the EFCL will be advocating that the City establish a residential speed limit of 30km/hr on all residential roads city-wide.
Highlights from the reports include:
- The City has developed an Estimated Time of Arrival Tool that allows residents to see how much their commute may be impacted by either of the scenarios described above.
- The boundaries of the Core Zone have been reduced. A map showing the new proposed boundary is available here.
- Roads, where existing design and function are not conducive to a reduced speed limit and should remain at their existing speed, can be found here.
- High pedestrian locations such as Whyte Avenue, Jasper Avenue and areas adjacent to Main Streets and the Downtown neighbourhood are being considered for a reduction to 40 km/hr. A map showing these locations is available here.
- A review of the causal factors involved in the 711 pedestrian injuries and fatalities in residential areas from 2009 to 2018 concluded that drivers failing to yield to pedestrians was the cause of the majority of collisions.
- Administration will collaborate with external partners to develop the Safe Mobility Strategy (2021-2025), which will include developing processes and identifying opportunities for partnership with communities to address traffic safety concerns in neighbourhoods. This will include changes that need to be made to the Community Traffic Management Policy to allow communities to take the lead on installing adaptable traffic calming measures in to address traffic safety concerns in neighbourhoods.
If you are interested in attending the Hearing and sharing your thoughts on residential speed limit reductions, you can sign up to speak here.
Street Safety Survey Data is In!
Thank you to everyone who filled out our Neighbourhood Street Safety Survey! We received over 1500 responses from 117 Community Leagues. Take a look at our online report to find out what we heard (download the PDF here).
Residential Speeds Review Update:
City Council has directed Administration to consider:
- A city-wide default speed limit of 40 km/h on both local residential and collector roadways
- A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local residential roadways in high density neighbourhoods located in central Edmonton, which is being referred to as the Core Zone
Administration will return to City Council in February 2020 to present different scenarios for neighbourhood speed reductions, based on the above direction from Council.
Have you Read our Handbook Yet?
To help Community Leagues understand the potential changes and be able to talk to their communities about them, we developed the Neighbourhood Street Safety Handbook.
Inside you'll find information about:
- Statistics - an overview of the progress we've made since Edmonton adopted Vision Zero
- Advancing the Vision - three essential steps we still need to take to realize the vision
- Roadway Classifications - a brief refresher on the definitions the City uses to classify relevant roads
- Design Interventions - the difference between permanent and semi-permanent infrastructure and examples of both
- FAQ - a brief overview of questions that come up a lot in these discussions