Southfork Residential Speed Reduction Pilot
In June 2021, City Council approved the Traffic Advisory Committee's proposed pilot program that will reduce the residential speed limit in the Southfork neighbourhood to 40 km/hr.
The new 40 km/hr speed limit took effect on Southfork's residential roads on Monday, June 28, 2021. (Note - alleys remain 20 km/hr, and playground zones 30 km/hr as posted).
The safety of our community and our children is a top priority, and the aim of this pilot is to significantly increase residential road safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, by only slightly slowing down traffic.
About the proposed pilot
As our community continues to grow, we continue to prioritize the safety of all Leduc residents—drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Reducing residential speed limits can help make neighbourhoods safer, quieter and more enjoyable for everyone living in and visiting the area. Slower speeds can also increase a pedestrian's chances of survival in a collision.
This pilot aims to significantly increase the safety of residential roads by only slightly slowing down traffic. Southfork was chosen for the pilot program, as many speed-related concerns have been expressed by residents in the neighbourhood.
Virtual open house
On March 11, 2021, from 6 -7 p.m., all Leduc residents were invited to attend a virtual open house on Zoom to learn more from the Traffic Advisory Committee about the proposed residential Southfork speed reduction pilot project. This event was streamed live on YouTube and is available for you to view below.
Residents were also invited to submit questions or comments by filling out a survey that was open March 2 - 19, 2021. A summary of Q&As is available.
287 residents completed the survey, and we heard that:
- 38% were in favour of the proposed pilot
- 14% were in favour of the proposed pilot only if there were a corresponding increase in speeds elsewhere with less pedestrian traffic
- 44% were not in favour of the proposed pilot
- 4% were unsure
Survey results and all submitted comments were provided to Council for consideration in making their final decision regarding the pilot's implementation.
In addition to approving the reduced speed limit in Southfork, Council also approved an increase in the speed limit in Leudc's business/industrial area north of 65 Avenue, where there is less pedestrian traffic, from 50 to 60 km/hr. Roads already at 70 km/hr will remain so. This speed limit change is expected to be permanent, and is not part of the Southfork pilot.
For reference, the approximate business/industrial park area where the speed limit will change is outlined in the black square on this map: