THE first phase of the Capital’s new 20mph speed limit launched on Sunday.
It came into force with the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order formalising the reduction.
The project extends 20mph speed limits to approximately 80 per cent of Edinburgh’s streets.
City leaders said the new measure was aimed at increasing safety for all road users as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential areas.
A network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, transport leader, said: “Slower speeds bring many benefits to the urban environment, making streets more people-friendly, promoting active travel, and thereby improving public health, and reducing the risk and severity of road collisions.
“The majority of Edinburgh residents support our 20mph scheme and we know that other local authorities in the rest of Scotland are closely monitoring our experience.”