Seattle Expands Speed Limit Reductions

After an initial wave of speed limit reductions in 2016, the city of Seattle will embark on a major expansion of speed limit reductions over the next 18 months.

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December 11, 2019, 2:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Seattle Speed Limits

City of Seattle / Via the Seattle Bike Blog

"Within 18 months, the posted maximum speed limit on nearly every single arterial street in the city of Seattle will be 25 miles per hour," reports Ryan Packer.

Mayor Jenny Durkan signed off on the changes "in response to a big uptick in traffic violence," according to Packer. The city previously rolled out speed limit reductions in 2016, but advocates have complained about the "glacially slow pace" of safety improvements in the city since then.

Other traffic safety efforts will ramp up in Seattle as a result of the mayor's action this week. According to Packer, "Leading Pedestrian Intervals," one of the city's primary pedestrian safety initiatives, will double in the city under the Seattle Department of Transportation's new goal.

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