The reasoning is simple: lower speed limits save lives. Lower speed limits also improve the experience for pedestrians and bicyclists. There’s a UK group called “20 is Plenty” that advocates for 20 m.p.h. speed limits. The group’s website has an extensive briefings section taking on every possible criticism of lowering the speed limit, from blaming pedestrians to drivers not obeying the limit.
Should the speed limit be lowered in the City of Rochester? As someone who walks a lot, I think it should be explored. Thirty miles an hour feels very fast on residential streets. It even feels fast on Park Avenue, where there are numerous people crossing the street mid-block. It feels fast when I park on a main road, such as East Ave., and try to avoid cars whizzing by as I exit my vehicle. When you spend enough time outside of your car, everyone seems to be going too fast.
But in the city that had a heart attack at the prospect of narrowing Lake Avenue, a haven for speeders, something like this is bound to face opposition. Here’s a bit of the Twitter discussion that followed my tweet about San Francisco’s effort.
Links of the Day:
– Work is under way on a $25 million new home for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.
– Boston students can no longer have a private conversation with their friends on the bus.
– It’s the new tracking. Chicago sorts kids by ability – by using the school choice program.
– Watch movies outside in downtown Rochester. Fun!
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— Rachel Barnhart (@rachbarnhart) July 21, 2014