January 19, 2018

Portland OR goes for low speed limits

Planetizen -"To improve traffic safety and make streets more welcoming for walking and biking, Portland will lower speed limits on nearly all of its residential streets to 20 miles per hour, in most cases replacing a 25 mph limit," reports Angie Schmitt.

According to Schmitt, the 70 percent of the city's collected miles of streets will now be subject to the 20 mph speed limit. Portland... The action by the Portland City Council is perhaps the most sweeping of any similar efforts around the country, though Portland is not the first city in the country or in the world to lower speed limits in the name of traffic safety.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congestion is already utterly horrible in Portland Oregon, and this move to lower speed limits is making it much worse. This is one of the stupidest things the city has ever done.

greg gerritt said...

As a pedestrian, I truly welcome this. Drivers tend to be oblivious and uncaring. I woudl actually be much happier if cities banned cars completely, but slowing them down ina good first step.

AgustinG said...

Why so fast? In Telluride, Colorado the speed limit in town is 15mph. Put it in first gear, take your foot off the gas, and wave at the bicyclists as they pass you...