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55 miles per hour speed limit sign.

A Long-Lost Federal Speed Limit Rule Would Save Thousands of Lives

After the federal government set maximum highway speed limits at 55 miles per hour, states spent decades undermining the rule.

February 1, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

70 mph speed limit sign with bullet holes on southwestern highway with desert mountains in background.

California Bill Would Require Speed Governors on Cars

The legislation would call for speed-limiting technology on cars made and sold in the state that would keep speeds to no more than 10 miles over the posted speed limit.

January 25, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

White and blue police SUV pulling over small white sedan in front of 45 mph speed limit sign.

Busting a Common Myth About Speeding

Drivers sometimes defend speeding by arguing that it is safe as long as other drivers are also speeding. This argument only makes sense in the context of a limited-access highway.

January 23, 2024 - Michael Lewyn

Aerial view of Denver, Colorado skyline at golden hour.

Denver Road Fatalities at Record High in 2023

The city says it is accelerating its Vision Zero initiative to improve road safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

January 18, 2024 - The Denver Gazette

Close-up of "Maximum 30 Secteur" speed limit sign on pot in Quebec, Canada.

Lower Speed Limits as a Climate Action Tool

Slowing down traffic can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in addition to improving roadway safety.

January 10, 2024 - Policy Options

Black and white "City speed limit 25 mph" sign in New York City with One World Trade Center building in distant background.

NYC Legislators Continue Fight to Set Own Speed Limits

Advocates say lower speed limits save lives and prevent fatal crashes on busy city streets.

December 21, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

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Phoenix Approves Speed Limit Reductions

The city lowered speed limits on 15 street segments to improve traffic safety and bring them in line with regulations.

December 10, 2023 - KTAR

Aerial view of intersection in Hoboken, New Jersey with crosswalks, bulb-outs, and blue home plate painted in middle of intersection, surrounded by mid-rise multistory apartment buildings.

Vision Zero at Work: Hoboken Celebrates Seven Years of Zero Traffic Deaths

The New Jersey city implemented simple yet impactful changes to eliminate traffic fatalities.

November 29, 2023 - Jalopnik

Close-up of car speedometer showing 120 mph speed with digitally displayed ' VEHICLE OVERSPEED' warning

How Speed Governors Could Save Lives

Most personal vehicles can travel at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, far above any U.S. speed limit. Why?

November 22, 2023 - Fast Company

Straight black asphalt road through forest with colorful fall foliage.

Study: Road Design, Speed Key Factors in Pedestrian Deaths

A recent study emphasizes the importance of good road design and low speed limits in keeping pedestrians safe.

October 30, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

View of U.S capitol dome at night with blurred traffic in foreground

Opinion: D.C. Should Go All in on Traffic Cameras

More widespread deployment of automated enforcement sensors could change the system from one of high fines and sparse enforcement to one that encourages more extensive behavior change.

August 22, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

View from middle of street with streetcar rails and high-rise buildings on either side in San Francisco, Bay Bridge visible in background

San Francisco Will Lower Speed Limits on 23 Streets

A 2021 state law allows cities to reduce speed limits next to ‘business activity districts.’

August 3, 2023 - SF Gate

Pedestrians crossing a busy crosswalk on New York City street with tall buildings in background

Study: Streets With High Foot Traffic Also See High Driving Speeds

A detailed study of where people walk reveals that driving speeds on many of the streets most used by pedestrians in U.S. cities are higher than recommended speeds, putting pedestrians at higher risk for serious injuries and death.

June 27, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Wide asphalt road with "North Route 1" sign

Virginia DOT To Reduce Speed Limit on Richmond Highway

The Alexandria-to-Mount Vernon corridor has one of the highest crash rates on the roadway.

May 18, 2023 - Greater Alexandria Patch

Blurry speeding cars on an urban road

U.S. Road Deaths Keep Rising

Traffic safety advocates urge cities and states to lower speed limits and improve pedestrian infrastructure to stem the growth in traffic deaths and injuries.

April 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

View of wide residential street in Dallas, Texas neighborhood with one white car parked at the curb and large tree with yellow fallen leaves around it

Texas State Bills Would Let Cities Lower Speed Limits

The proposed legislation would give cities the ability to reduce neighborhood speed limits without having to produce expensive traffic studies.

April 18, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

25 mph speed limit sign partially obscured by red and orange fall leaves

Study: Seattle’s Lower Speed Limits Reduced Crash Injuries

A change in the city’s speed limits has been shown to reduce the likelihood of injuries during collisions.

March 30, 2023 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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

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