A Small Town Supports Citywide 25-mph Speed Limit

One town in Georgia recently conducted a public opinion poll finding that most of its 19,000-plus citizens support reduced speed limits on all city streets.

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January 16, 2015, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The Decatur Metro blog reports that according to a recent citizen survey, "over half of Decatur residents either strongly or somewhat support a 25 mph speed limit on Decatur roads."

The results of Decatur, Georgia's 2014 Citizen Survey [pdf] is relevant to all cities considering (or in the process of implementing) a citywide speed limit reduction, and is especially so in Decatur, where such a reduction on city roads has been under consideration since 2013.

The post also presents a map of what the city's street grid would look like after citywide speed limits are reduced. A critical exception to the 25 mph law would be found on two state-owned roads, which would retain higher speed limits.

However, the Decatur "Speed Limit Study and Proposal" website credits the state's 2012 Complete Streets Policy for inspiring the possible change.

H/T to Ben Fried at Streetsblog USA for sharing news of the Decatur survey.

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