Speed Limits

Speed limits are set in place to achieve a uniform speed for all motorists. The regulations for speed limits within the city are set out in the Traffic Safety Act and The City of Red Deer Traffic Bylaw. Limits within the city are set & maintained by the Engineering Department and enforced by the RCMP.

For a list of criteria used to determine a speed limit, see Traffic FAQ’s.

Common speed zones and limits:

Always 50 km/hr unless otherwise posted

School Zone - 30 km/h

Effective during school days

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

School Zone sign

*As of August 1, 2017, school zones will be effective during school days 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Time tabs will be added to signs for clarification.

Playground Zone - 30 km/h

Effective 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset every day

Playground Zone sign

*As of August 1, 2017, playground zones will be effective every day 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Time tabs will be added to signs for clarification.

School and Playground Zone Changes

The effective times of School Zone and Playground Zones will be adjusted on August 1, 2017. For consistency and to reduce confusion, existing Playground Zones and Combination Zones (School + Playground on the same site) will be changed to Playground Zones and speed restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Signs will be adjusted as follows:

  • along with the standard school or playground zone sign, a time tab will be added to describe when zones are in effect.
  • End Zone signs will replace the 50km/h signs previously used to mark the end of a zone.

  • There will be one remaining School Zone (39 Street and 40 Avenue) and speed restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.

Back Lanes - 20 km/h

Effective every day at all times.