The Neighborhood Safe Streets bill passed the House Wednesday on a vote of 86-10, moving one step closer to saving cities and counties money by allowing them to use their common sense.
Right now, local governments must pay for an engineering report to raise –
or lower – speed limits. It makes sense for raising the limit, to ensure a road
can handle higher speeds.
The legislation by Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) cuts that red tape, which
will save taxpayer dollars --and more importantly, save lives.
Bike Blog does a great job explaining the bill:
"Speeds on such streets are most often 25 mph today. Studies show that a
person struck by a car going 30 miles per hour has a 40 percent chance of dying.
When the speed drops to 20 mph, the chance of dying drops to 5 percent. So while
a few mph might seem like a small safety gain, it can actually be the difference
between life and death."
This common-sense reform is now in the Senate, and you can track it by clicking here.
Read this story in Spanish.