Starting September 2021, the City will be reducing speed limits on most local streets to 25 miles per hour.
This initiative is part of a comprehensive strategy to improve mobility and safety for all modes of transportation. These goals are reflected in the Comprehensive Plan, the Living Streets Plan, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the Active Routes to School Plan.
Lower speed limits reduce the likelihood and severity of motor vehicle crashes and prioritize the needs of pedestrians and cyclists over motorists.
New Speed Limits
- 25 miles per hour on most local streets
- 30 miles per hour on major streets with high non-local traffic
- 15-20 miles per hour in School Zones
- 10 miles per hour on alleys
Through this initiative, no changes will be made to roads owned by Hennepin County or the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).
- How were the new speed limits chosen?
Multiple factors were taken into consideration for the new speed limits, including;
- Traffic volume
- Adjacent land use and access
- Crash history
- Lane configuration
- Multi-modal infrastructure
- Balancing local and regional traffic
- Are other cities changing their speed limits?
Yes; Minneapolis and St. Paul lowered their local speed limits in 2020 and St. Louis Park is in the process of changing theirs, as well. Nationally, other cities that have lowered local speed limits include New York City, Seattle, Portland and Boston.
- Are county roads like France or Vernon Avenues going to change?
Not as part of this initiative. State legislation only gives the City the ability to change speed limits on streets under the City's jurisdiction, which covers about 90% of the streets in Edina. Streets that are not shown on the map include private streets and those operated by Hennepin County of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The speed limit on those streets will remain as is unless changed by their respective agencies.
- What is the timeline for implementation?
New signs will start to be installed in September. All signage is expected to be in place before the end of 2021.
Effective August 1, 2019, Minnesota cities have the authority to set speed limits on streets they control. About 40% of residents regularly express concern about speeding in their neighborhoods in the City's Quality of Life survey. The City has long been supportive of efforts to improve safety and mobility for all users and all modes of transportation.
In February 2021, City Council approved staff's recommended approach to changing speed limits in Edina following a period of public comment. In August 2021, Council amended City Code to comply with state statute and approved staff's implementation plan.