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Residential speed limits review

Project Update - July 2020

As part of the 2020 adjustments to One Calgary Service Plans and Budgets, City Council voted to reallocate the funds for engagement on the Residential Speed Limit review to another program.

Given the change in Calgarians’ travel patterns, the reduction in traffic, and the significant change in how people are moving around the city, The City will be deferring the report to the Standing Policy Committee on Transit and Transportation until the fall 2020 to draw on the learnings of the last three months. At this committee meeting a recommendation on the three scenarios for speed limits will be presented.

For the majority of Calgarians, changes to speed limits on residential and collector roads will add under two minutes to your daily commute. You can test this out yourself with the travel time calculator that was developed by University of Calgary students, as part of The City’s Hackathon event.

Project background

The Residential Speed Limits Review aims to improve traffic safety for all users by reviewing operating speeds on Calgary’s residential streets. Learn more about The City's traffic safety programs.

In Calgary, traffic collisions account for a total societal cost of approximately $1.2 billion a year which include medical costs, first responder costs, property damage and lost productivity. As part of the Council-approved  Safer Mobility Plan, a key target is to achieve a 12 per cent reduction in the pedestrian and bicycle casualty collision rate per population of 100,000 based on a three-year rolling average.

Recent studies have shown that a 1% reduction in average driving speed is expected to result in a 2% reduction in all collisions, a 3% reduction in injury collisions and a 4% reduction in fatal collisions. Reducing driving speeds in residential neighbourhoods can also help Calgarians feel safer and more comfortable when moving around in their community, whether they choose to walk, cycle or drive.

Project status

  • The project team is exploring various scenarios on which streets in Calgary a speed limit reduction could apply to.
  • A thorough review is needed to examine what impact a speed limit reduction may have on City services and what this may cost.
  • An important element of the speed limit review is the collection of baseline data across the city and a review of how other cities both in Canada and internationally have approached a speed reduction in residential communities.

Project timelines

  • June 2016Pedestrian Strategy approved
  • September 2018 – Notice of motion approved by City Council
  • December 2018Safer Mobility Plan (2019-2023) approved
  • October 2019 – Report back to SPC on Transportation and Transit and City Council
  • Q3 - 2020 – Report back to Council with Implementation Strategy and funding proposal
  • TBD – Project implementation (pending Council approval and funding)

More information

  • If you are interested in staying informed about the Residential Speed Limits Review, sign up for the email newsletter​.
  • Check out the travel time calculator for each of the three proposed scenarios for speed limits.