Traffic Safety


🚸 As we gear up for the back-to-school season in the midst of a bustling construction period here in Cochrane, we want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students and parents remain our top priority! 📚


We understand the importance of a smooth transition as the academic year begins, which is why we're taking proactive steps:


  • Our dedicated team has retimed the traffic signals along 1A and Fifth Avenue to enhance traffic flow. This means less congestion and more efficient travel as you navigate through town.
  • We've been in constant communication with our local schools, working hand-in-hand to coordinate construction schedules. This collaboration will help us minimize any disruptions during drop-off and pick-up times.


Our construction crews are hard at work to improve our community, and we're making every effort to keep the construction impacts as minimal as possible for our students, parents, and residents.

Please watch for children on their way to school; plan for extra time if your travels take you near schools or school bus routes and always follow the speed limit.


Follow these additional safety tips to be back-to-school safe:

•   Playground Zones are in effect year-round from 7:30 am to 9 pm.

•   Be on the lookout for school zones and ALWAYS obey the speed limit.

•   Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading children.   

•   Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.

•   Do NOT text and drive.

•   Be aware and watch out for children nears schools, bus stops, streets and parking lots.


Your safety matters to us, and we're committed to making this back-to-school season safe and stress-free. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to enhance our town for everyone's benefit. Stay tuned for more updates as we work together to create a better Cochrane!


Drive safe, drive sober! 🚦

Driving under the influence is never worth the risk. Even a single drink can impair your abilities, slow your reaction time and compromise your judgement. 

🔑 Before heading out, prioritize planning:

✅ Designate a sober driver. 

✅ Arrange a reliable ride. 

✅ Utilize taxi services or public transportation. 

Together, we can make sure everyone arrives at their destination safely. 🤝 


Cochrane Municipal Enforcement is committed to ensuring the safety of all Cochrane residents and visitors to our Town who share our roads, sidewalks and pathways.

Community Peace Officers enforce the Traffic Safety Act and other provincial traffic regulations, with priority given to school and playground zones, high-complaint areas, and locations where officers observe numerous infractions. Officers also work with the RCMP and other enforcement agencies on the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) to improve public safety and patrol highways 1A and 22 within town limits.

As a reminder, please:

Obey traffic control devicesStop for pedestrians
Always use seat beltsStop for school buses
Maintain the speed limitDo not drive distracted (now includes demerits)
Do not make u-turnsDo not drive or park left of center
Come to a full stop at stop signsNo left turns from RancheHouse Rd to Hwy 22

Speed Limits

The Town of Cochrane strives to make our community safe for people of all ages to walk, cycle and drive to and from school, work and leisure activities.

Cochrane has a speed limit of 50 km per hour unless otherwise posted. The majority of roadways in Cochrane pass through residential areas where speeds have been reduced to 30 km per hour.

The speed limit in school zones is 30 km per hour between the hours of 7am and 9pm on school days, in alleyways it is 20 km per hour.

School Bus Safety 

When amber lights are flashing, slow down and proceed with caution. 

When red lights are flashing, and stop sign is out you must come to a complete stop until the lights stop flashing.

Cycle safely on Town pathways

Cycling is good for you and good for the community. But there are some rules you must follow for the sake of safety:

  • Pedestrians have the right of way on pathways at all times.
  • Slow down and give plenty of audible warning when passing (bells/horns are required equipment)
  • Obey the speed limit: 20 km/hr
  • Ride in single file

RV & Trailer Parking

You can park your RV or trailer on your driveway between May 1 and October 31. After October 31, all RVs and all types of trailers must be removed. Any residents found contravening this bylaw may be fined at least $250.

Recreational vehicle (RV) and trailer laws in Cochrane are outlined in Land Use Bylaw No. 01/2022 and Traffic Bylaw No. 02/2005.


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