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Pedestrians in zebra crosswalk with green bike lane in downtown Seattle, Washington with three-story brick building in background

Washington Focuses Road Safety Efforts on Individuals, Neglecting Design

Legislative efforts to reduce traffic deaths could move the needle toward Vision Zero, but state leaders failed to commit infrastructure funds to making structural improvements.

February 1, 2023 - The Urbanist

Broad street in downtown Columbus, Ohio with two pedestrians in crosswalk

Columbus Could Lower Downtown Speed Limits

The city council will vote on a proposal to lower speed limits to 25 miles per hour to improve safety and make downtown more walkable and welcoming to pedestrians.

January 31, 2023 - The Columbus Dispatch

25mph speed limit sign with "Your Speed Limit" digital sign under it

Oklahoma City Updates, Expands Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

The city announced a new cost-sharing plan and an expanded set of speed reduction devices available to neighborhoods wanting to improve traffic safety.

January 25, 2023 - Oklahoma City Sentinel

Pedestrians and Cars

New York Speed Limiting Pilot Shows Promising Results

City vehicles equipped with speed limiting technology showed nearly complete compliance with speed limit laws and a significant reduction in hard-braking events.

January 19, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive


How High Costs Derailed Richmond’s Speed Limit Change

After voting to lower speed limits citywide, Richmond found itself with a $5.2 million bill for new signage, prompting the city council to pull the ordinance.

January 8, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Black and white 25 mph speed limit sign on post with trees in background

Tacoma’s Lower Speed Limits Take Effect

The city hopes reducing speed limits will help them achieve their Vision Zero pledge.

January 3, 2023 - King 5 News

25mph speed limit sign against blue sky with white clouds

Oregon Cities Could Gain Control Over Speed Limits

A new law would allow cities to lower speed limits without going through an onerous state approval process.

December 22, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Ambulance driving down New York City street

Ambulances vs. Pedestrians

Are the needs of emergency response vehicles inconsistent with nondrivers’ needs for slower, safer streets? Maybe not.

November 21, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

Self-Driving Cars

National Transportation Safety Board Recommend Speed Limiters for U.S. Automobiles

While advocates say technology can be a critical tool in reducing the carnage on U.S. roads, CNN can't get over the idea as an invasion of privacy and personal liberty.

October 14, 2022 - Jalopnik


A Legal Perspective on Transportation Safety

Legal scholars are showing how the federal government frustrates pedestrian safety.

September 19, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

"25mph unless otherwise posted" speed limit sign in New York City

New York City To Test Speed Limiting Tech on City Vehicles

Advocates hope the city’s plan to install speed governors on part of its municipal fleet will prompt other cities and government agencies to follow suit.

August 23, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

20 miles per hour speed limit sign in school zone

Tacoma Lowers Speed Limits as Part of Vision Zero Plan

The city voted to reduce speed limits on residential and some arterial streets in an effort to improve traffic safety and reduce the risk of death or serious injury when crashes occur.

August 8, 2022 - The Suburban Times

Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia with blue sign that says "To Welcome Center for Virginia"

Virginia Using Variable Speed Limits To Reduce Congestion

Experts say reducing speed limits based on traffic volumes can relieve congestion and improve the flow of traffic.

August 2, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

Aerial view of I-10 junction over swamp near New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana Road Safety Plan Highlights Impaired Driving, Reckless Behavior

The plan focuses traffic safety efforts on distracted and impaired driving, seatbelt wearing, and speeding, with a small nod to infrastructural factors.

July 31, 2022 - Plaquemine Post South

Pedestrian Safety

4 Proven Steps for Improved Pedestrian Safety

Experts from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) present four steps for reducing the number of pedestrians killed by drivers.

July 28, 2022 - Smart Growth America

20 miles per hour speed limit sign in school zone

San Jose Begins Lowering Speed Limits

Thanks to a state bill, California cities can reduce speed limits on city streets by 5 miles per hour to improve traffic safety.

July 6, 2022 - San José Spotlight

Los Angeles STreet

Los Angeles To Reduce Speed Limits on 177 Miles of Streets

The city approved speed limit reductions on close to 200 miles of city roads in an effort to reduce traffic deaths and move closer to Vision Zero.

March 8, 2022 - Streetsblog Los Angeles

Highway Speed

Can't Drive 55: America's Dangerous Love of Speeding

While most Americans agree that speeding is a threat to public safety, dysfunctional laws and inadequate enforcement perpetuate a culture of tacitly sanctioned high-speed driving.

December 26, 2021 - Slate

20 MPH speed limit sign

Denver Says 20 Is Plenty

Denver, dealing with an increase in traffic fatalities during the pandemic, has lowered speed limits on some residential streets. Critics say the new law neglects the most needed traffic safety changes.

December 23, 2021 - The Denver Gazette

Tilikum Crossing

Portland and Multnomah County Push for Lower Speed Limits on Bridges

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Multnomah County agree on a 30 mph speed limit on five downtown bridges, but the state's department of transportation denied the change on two key spans.

October 25, 2021 - Bike Portland

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