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Washington, D.C., will cut speed limit on residential streets to 20 mph

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 8:25 am
by Mark Fournier
WASHINGTON -- The mayor of the U.S. capital said Friday Washington D.C. will reduce the speed limit on most local city streets by 20% to 20 miles per hour starting June 1 in a bid to reduce pedestrian deaths. Read More

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Re: Washington, D.C., will cut speed limit on residential streets to 20 mph

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 2:12 pm
by Duane Berke
If somebody's talking on a cell phone or texting, I highly doubt there's little difference if they hit me at 20 or 30.

Re: Washington, D.C., will cut speed limit on residential streets to 20 mph

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:14 pm
by DA_Champion
Driving through DC, which I have done multiple times, is actually very difficult to do. There are simply not enough roads, and the roads are not wide enough, to adequately provide flow to such a large metropolitan population. That latter number is ~6.3 million, but there are probably a lot of people from Northern Virginia and even Baltimore who commute in regularly. I don't know if that includes the diplomats, or the large number of people in hotels and airbnbs who are probably there at any given time.

For comparison, as recently as 1990, the population of the metropolitan area was 3.9 million, and it was 3.1 million in 1980. Thus, it's doubled in 40 years, but I doubt that the infrastructure has doubled.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washingto ... litan_area

I confirm that the traffic sucks in and near DC. If google maps tells me that a trip should take one hour, I know that it might take two hours.

The large number of diplomats might be an exacerbating concern. It may be that many of them don't care about traffic rules, as they have diplomatic immunity, and thus they end up undermining the entire system.

Re: Washington, D.C., will cut speed limit on residential streets to 20 mph

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:07 am
by Connie Fournier
You couldn't pay me enough to live there and drive through that, DA_Champion!

Re: Washington, D.C., will cut speed limit on residential streets to 20 mph

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:03 pm
by Duane Berke
Some neighbourhoods here through community leagues and citizen pressure have had the city reduce speed from 50 kph to 30 kph, or the same as school and playground zones. Some people on bicycles are going faster.