Traffic Safety and Parking

Traffic Safety and Parking

School Zones

School Zones are in effect from the beginning of September until the end of June every year. The speed limit in School Zones is 30 km/h.

School Zone times are: 07:30 - 17:00 on School Days

Please help keep our students safe by obeying all posted speed limits and be sure to watch for children crossing the roads! School Zones are always marked with signs at the start and end of the zone.

Playground Zones

Playground Zones exist throughout the City and are usually found located near public parks and playgrounds. The speed limit in Playground Zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 08:30 until 1 hour after sunset, 7 days a week. Playground Zones are always marked with signs at the start and end of the zone.

Construction Zones and Passing Emergency Vehicles

Effective October 31, 2005, the Government of Alberta passed legislation designed to keep our roads safer for construction workers, tow truck drivers and emergency workers. With all of the road construction going on in the City of Cold Lake, please ensure that you obey all posted speed limits in construction zones. Speed fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present!

When passing any emergency vehicle with its emergency lights activated, motorists must slow down to 60 km/h or less. Emergency vehicles include tow trucks, fire trucks, police vehicles, and peace officer vehicles. Speed fines double when passing any emergency vehicle!

Parking

Street parking within the City of Cold Lake is free! Please take note of any signs in the area, as some streets do have limits on how long you can park. Although you may park a vehicle anywhere on the street, that vehicle must bear current registration and be insured to be on a public roadway. A vehicle must also move every 72 hours, or it may be considered to be abandoned under the Traffic Safety Act.

If you own a motor home, 5th wheel, recreational vehicle, boat trailer or utility trailer, please be aware that these vehicles can only be parked on the street for a maximum of 48 hours at a time. No-Parking areas within the City of Cold Lake are indicated by signs, painted yellow curbs, or a combination of the two. When parking, please look around to make sure you are not in one of these areas.

Handicap Parking is clearly signed on all streets and in all parking lots. These spots are reserved for people with official placards and are meant to give them easier access to the surrounding areas. Please be courteous and do not park in these spots if you don't have a placard.

Some streets and most parking lots in front of large buildings have signed Fire Lanes indicating that No Parking is allowed. Please respect these areas and do not park, or even stop, in a Fire Lane. These areas are meant to give fire fighters immediate access to a location and, if your car is blocking a Fire Lane, you could be putting people's lives and property in jeopardy!

Private Parking Issues

If a vehicle is parked on your private property and you are the property owner, or the property's representative, you have the authority to have the vehicle removed by contacting a towing company. You may contact Municipal Enforcement to have a Peace Officer attend your property to see if we can locate the vehicle owner and ensure the vehicle is not stolen. However, a Peace Officer will not tow the vehicle from your property as we are not the owners or representatives of the property.

RV Parking

Street space in residential and other areas is needed for passenger vehicles and visitor parking. In addition, the size of most RVs can cause safety problems as they restrict the view of signs, pedestrians and other vehicles.

The City of Cold Lake’s Traffic Bylaw requires that no recreational vehicle or trailers be parked on a City street for more than forty-eight (48) hours. This forty-eight (48) hour period is to allow residents to park their trailers by their homes for the purposes of loading, unloading, and cleaning of the vehicles. After the forty-eight (48) hour period, trailers must be completely removed and may not parked on the roadway again for a minimum twenty-four (24) hours.

Additional bylaws that apply to all types of vehicles – including RV’s and trailers - include the expectation that vehicles must not create an obstruction, hinder pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or cause any other safety concerns. If power is required for your unit, you must park it off the public streets. Cords and hoses may not cross a roadway or sidewalk as they present a serious safety concern.

The fine for exceeding the forty-eight (48) hour parking limit is $50 and may increase for subsequent offenses.