Speed Limit Amendments
Drive Aware. Drive with Care.
In 2019, City Administration completed a St. Albert-wide Transportation Network review of posted speed limits, which resulted in recommended amendments to Traffic Bylaw 18/2005.
Following completion of the Transportation Network Speed Review Report, Council approved public participation funding to obtain feedback from residents on the proposed changes. In the fall of 2020, a resident survey and online town hall were conducted, which helped to inform final recommendations.
Presentations & Amendments
On January 18, 2021 proposed amendments were presented to the Community Growth & Infrastructure Standing Committee:
On February 16, 2021, City Council approved portions of the proposed amendments to the Traffic Bylaw, inclusive of:
- Reducing the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h on all neighbourhood (collector and local) roads.
- Increasing the speed limit from 50 km/h to 60 km/h on the following major/arterial roads:
- Bellerose Drive from Evergreen Drive to north city limits
- Sir Winston Churchill Avenue from Levasseur Road to Riel Drive
- Dawson Road from Giroux Road to McKenney Avenue
- Poirier Avenue from Sir Winston Churchill Avenue to Campbell Road
- Increasing the speed limit from 60 km/h to 70 km/h on a segment of Meadowview Drive from Range Road 260 to the west city limit.
- Establishing Playground Zones to be in effect, with a reduced speed to 30 km/h, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 (inclusive).
- Establishing a School Zone time of day to be in effect, with a reduced speed to 30 km/h, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days only.
- Removal of the following 30 km/h speed limit zones:
- Cunningham Road: South of Sycamore to Stanley Dr
- Sturgeon Road from Burns Street to Bishop Street
- Mission Avenue from south of Malmo Avenue to north of St. Vital Avenue
- Meadowview Drive; west of railway tracks
- Grosvenor Boulevard from Gaylord Place to south of Grenfell Avenue
- Grenfell Avenue from Gatewood Avenue to Greenwich Crescent
The Implementation Plan was completed on August 11, 2021, with the exception of one site.
- Phase 1: Playground Zone time of day changes - Completed May 2021
- Phase 2: Arterial speed limit increases where pedestrian improvement crossings are not required - Completed May 2021
- Phase 3: Neighbourhood road speed limit decreases and all associated work within communities - removal of any required 30 km/h zones or playground zone removals (in two neighbourhoods), working within quadrants of the City - Completed July 2021
- Phase 4: Arterial speed limit increases where pedestrian improvements were required; subject to completion of pedestrian crossing improvements - In progress.
- Dawson Road completed in August 2021.
- Poirier Avenue requires pedestrian crossing completion prior to speed change.
- Phase 5: School Zone time of day changes - Completed - Comes into effect the first day of school .
- Phase 6: Annual network monitoring and reporting (traffic speed and volume data and collision reporting) - Ongoing
Motorists are asked to watch for new signs throughout the community as changes are enforceable as signs are posted.
Speed Limit Amendments Map
Check out the City’s Speed Limit Amendments Map that illustrates changes approved by Council on February 16, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my trip time be impacted by a reduction in speed on city collector and local roads?
Reduced speed limits on neighbourhood roadways have very little impact on overall trip times due to typical commutes having lower distances of travel on these roads.
Driving a total of three km in your neighbourhood at 40 km/h compared to 50 km/h results in approximately 1 minute 6 seconds of additional drive time. As examples of neighbourhood distances in St. Albert: Erin Ridge Drive is approximately 2.5 km in length, Deer Ridge Drive is approximately 2 km in length and Larose Drive is approximately 2.1 km in length.
Is this just a cash-grab for the City?
No. Safety is a priority. Enforcement is an important tool to improve traffic safety and is combined with education, engineering, evaluation and engagement.
If the proposed amendment to reduce neighbourhood speeds on collector and local roadways from 50 km/h to 40 km/h received 45 per cent public feedback support, why is the change still being implemented?
Public participation results are extremely important, but are only one part of the decision-making process. When the City formally adopted a Transportation Safety Plan in October 2018, it provided an overview of the current state of traffic safety in the community, developed principles for how safety will be targeted for improvement and set the City’s mission to “Vision Zero” – where no serious injuries or fatalities occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions on our roadways.
The recommendation was also informed by the details of feedback shared, where approximately 20 per cent of residents who responded against reduced speeds clarified they would support local roads for reduced speeds, but felt larger neighbourhood roads should not be reduced. However, this desired variance between local and larger community roads is not feasible.
How much are these changes costing taxpayers?
The project is estimated to cost $230,000, which includes funding for the pedestrian crossing improvement design, material and construction ($150,000), manufacturing and installation of the speed limit signage ($60,000), as well as a public awareness campaign ($20,000). Where possible, cost saving efforts will be made, such as use of existing materials, application of decals (stickers) where possible for speed changes.
How are these changes being funded?
This project is funded through the Intersection Safety Camera Safety Reserve, and not through tax levy.
Why were pedestrian crossing improvements needed at some locations and not others?
Pedestrian crossing safety is a priority for the City. The improvements are in place to increase driver awareness and thus improve response time in concurrence with increased travel speeds.
How will the City monitor the impacts of these changes?
The City is committed to annually collecting data and resident feedback, as well as monitoring collisions. Information is collected through vehicle speed and volume counts, and the City uses Provincial collision reports to monitor city-wide motor vehicle incidents. Annual reports will be shared and made public.
Should this be a priority given the state of the economy due to COVID-19?
Safe speeds are an important aspect of the City’s Transportation Safety Plan and objective of achieving Vision Zero; which positively impacts collision frequency and outcomes. Traffic safety is a key mechanism for supporting a healthy city and prosperous regional economy.
Last edited: August 19, 2021