Many residential streets in Calgary will soon have lower speed limits.
In a 10-4 vote on Feb.1, Calgary City Council members voted to reduce speed limits to 40 km / h on residential streets, which has been lowered from the current default of 50 km / h.
Collective streets (busier streets connecting neighborhoods with larger streets) reach speeds of 50 km / h.
This change will take effect on May 31st and will affect the unsigned speed limit in the city. So if there is no sign on a residential street, you can assume that the limit is 40 km / h.
No boundary changes will be made on higher classified roads such as Deerfoot Trail, Bow Trail, or Anderson Road. The speed of the playground zone also remains the same.
To determine if it is safe for a collection road to reach a speed limit of 40 km / h, the City of Calgary considers a number of factors.
These factors include how long the road is, whether a traffic calming device (speed hump or cushion) has been installed on the road, whether the average speed of the drivers is constantly below the current speed limit, whether the road has little traffic and whether the road is part of it a bus route.
The following maps show the speed on the streets in the 14 boroughs as of May 31st.
Will the new unrecorded Calgary speed limit affect you? To find out which ward your ward falls under, see the Calgary City Ward and Ward Map.