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Lower Speed Limits Included in Early Vision Zero Recommendations for Minneapolis

A report on how to implement Vision Zero traffic safety improvements in the city of Minneapolis included an ambitious menu of options, including lower speed limits citywide.
September 18, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Miguel Otárola reports from Minneapolis, where the city is considering lowering speed limits "on most, if not all, city-owned streets" as a traffic safety measure included in the city's ongoing Vision Zero initiative.

"The speed limit on most city streets is 30 miles per hour. City officials leading the safety-improvement work said they are still unsure where they will lower speed limits and by how much. They will conduct a 'technical analysis' in order to make sure the changes are 'defensible,' said Steve Mosing, traffic operations engineer for the city."

The state of Minnesota recently relaxed its laws to allow the city the ability to lower speed limits.

As noted by Otárola, transportation officials working on Vision Zero for the city also recommended increasing the number of street design improvements aimed toward improving safety outcomes, in addition to deploying traffic cameras and reforming the city’s traffic-enforcement unit.

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Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Star Tribune
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