Portland lowers street speeds to 20 mph

Bicyclists and joggers are celebrating Portland’s upcoming shift in neighborhood speed limits. The Portland City Council has approved 70 miles of neighborhood streets that will get new 20-mph speed limits, down from 25 mph. Most of the streets lie north of S.E. Powell Blvd. and west of I-205, covering much of the existing Portland greenway network.
     Proponents cite research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows pedestrians hit by a car going 20 mph have only a 5% chance of being killed, versus a 40% chance at 30 mph. Read The Oregonian article and see its map of the affected streets.

by  Jon Osterberg

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