Salt Lake City Council votes to lower speed limit to 20 on most residential streets

5/11/2022 7:37:00 AM

Salt Lake City Council votes to lower speed limit to 20 on residential streets

Salt Lake City Council votes to lower speed limit to 20 on residential streets

The Salt Lake City Council has passed an ordinance to lower the speed limit on the majority of the city's residential streets.

In Tuesday night's meeting, the council voted unanimously to lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour on"all streets unless otherwise posted."City officials say this will help save lives."Statistics show that if you're hit by a car walking at 20 miles an hour, the odds of being killed are about 7 percent," said Jon Larsen, the city's transportation director,"But that it increases exponentially at 30 miles an hour. It's about 50/50. So just that 10-mile-an-hour difference would save a lot of lives."

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Residential streets need 25 mph speed humps. Low cost, easy, safe. They work. Lmaooo fucking Utah morons. All the californiatards wanna make it like california. Focus on something that actually matters. Not fucking exhaust noise and lowering the speed limit 💀 fuck you where it is justified sure, but there are places that it should be 30 as well that there ae no houses and are just fence lined

Listen, if you speed in a residential area you need to rethink your life Solution looking for a problem? slcmayor must be so pleased. I’m sure all the ped-auto accidents that have been due in large part to repeat DUI offenders will completely go away. Riiiiiight… she must also think that because people are shaped like speed bumps that speed bumps will also help.

If you want people to drive slower then make the streets narrower, people will drive more defensively Big issues in Utah. Speed limit is more important than keeping Roe v. Wade. Covid is raging in Utah, but the speed limit, alas, making headlines. Omg. I'm not sure if this is the best solution, maybe better enforcement of existing limits? This will probably amount to a regressive tax on the poor. How about fines that scale with income or car BB value? Or a warning on first offense? Or separate bike lanes? Longer yellows?

This “solution” is the solution of people who don’t think logically and pragmatically. If anybody thinks this will make neighborhood streets any “safer,” they should quickly have their head examined. Dang! Now I’ll be going 15 over.

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BenWinslow I’ll still drive the Utah speed limit of 5 over, but thanks BenWinslow and BTW that sign in the public park strip is illegal Just my opinion backed by science... Pedestrian first laws get pedestrians killed. Too many peds assume autos will stop and don’t wait. Ped first laws ignore✨physics ✨. Autos are heavy and don’t stop on a dime like a pedestrial can. Give the greater mass right of way. Duh.

This is a good thing. Why are so many people in such a damn hurry anyway?! Referencing Libbie for this is absurd. The individual that hit and killed her was 3x legal alcohol limit 5 hours after hitting her. Doubt DUIs will follow speed limits... This is a bandaid (without adhesive) that won't fix the root problem

BenWinslow If it's going to be enforced, the first offenders to get hit should be the cops themselves. Because 5 xtra makes a difference and then they will park cops in neighborhoods to give tickets to increase the revenue a financial hit on those already struggling under the cost of inflation Punishable by fine means legal for a price. Speed enforcement does a a joke.

Who is going to enforce it

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SALT LAKE CITY — In Tuesday night's meeting, the council voted unanimously to lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour on"all streets unless otherwise posted.Salt Lake City has not done a good job of guaranteeing an equitable education for everyone.SALT LAKE CITY — Police did not release information on what caused the death in the area of 2300 North and 2200 West, but said officials with the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating.Fire Capt.

" City officials say this will help save lives. "Statistics show that if you're hit by a car walking at 20 miles an hour, the odds of being killed are about 7 percent," said Jon Larsen, the city's transportation director,"But that it increases exponentially at 30 miles an hour. Salt Lake City School District has had 92% of its students return back to the classroom in person this spring, similar to other districts in the county. It's about 50/50. So just that 10-mile-an-hour difference would save a lot of lives.m." This comes one week after 24-year-old Libbie Isabel Allan was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver on 1700 South near 900 East. Salt Lake City police also responded to the area to assist in the response, officials said.

She was five months pregnant with her second child, and her 2-year-old daughter was critically injured. Best economy in the nation, world-class outdoor recreation, increasingly welcoming of all diversities and lifestyles, rapidly developing arts and entertainment scene, nationally renowned research university and every day a new “pioneer” moving here ready to join our fascinating and historic city. That same week also saw a string of deadly crashes, with other pedestrians and cyclists being hit and killed by vehicles. Sweet Streets Salt Lake City, a group that aims to change"land-use and transportation from auto-dependency to people-first," thanked the council for the decision but said there is still more work to be done to"address the bulk of traffic violence. Our “Small Lake City” has not done a good job of guaranteeing an equitable education for the ever-diversifying students it serves." A press release from the organization said the ordinance will change the speed limit to 20 on streets currently posted at 25. While they said this will impact 75 percent of the city's streets, Sweet Streets said the roads that account for"the majority of traffic violence in Salt Lake" will not be affected. When it comes to our schools, the future is already here.

"We are grateful for the responsiveness and thoughtfulness of the council on this issue. We hope this will be a watershed moment for other municipalities to model and adopt in Utah. This stark choice raises two fundamental questions for us to answer: 1. However, the work is not yet done," Sweet Streets board member Alex Cragun said."Streets whose design and speed have resulted in several preventable deaths and injuries over the last two years and will still continue to be an issue. What are the actions we need to collectively take to guarantee educational excellence for all our students? Here in Salt Lake City, we are uniquely positioned to be the best urban school district in the nation — not too big and not too small, committed to the values of public education, pro-diversity, empowered by the state’s most experienced teacher work force, a generous business and political community — we have all the ingredients necessary to assure that excellence is achieved, but none of this is guaranteed." Sweet Streets has long advocated for a reduction in speed limits with its"20 is Plenty" campaign.

The press release continued, in part:"The Utah Department of Transportation designs dangerous roads and then blames drivers for the injuries and deaths that follow. We risk slipping down this slow slide if we as a community persist in our old arguments of Eastside/Westside zero-sum arguments that pit one part of our community against another. We are asking for solutions, not empty paternalistic blame.. If excellence in education is what we strive for, then we as a community need to empower Salt Lake City School District to take four key steps: Embrace the district’s shrinking enrollment as an opportunity to align resources directly with individual student needs so that a student’s ZIP code is no longer code for educational excellence, or the lack thereof.. We encourage the city to continue to work with residents to reduce speeds on more streets in Salt Lake City. Shift focus from traditional credit-based graduation to true college and career readiness — as defined by Utah’s innovative Portrait of a Graduate — through district-wide concurrent college enrollment that empowers every student to attain at least their general ed certificate or a professional certification by the time they finish high school.

We are demanding that UDOT take more concrete actions outside of education and blame." Full city council meeting: . Educational excellence is within reach now and does not require significant financial investment.