Seattle City Council Approves 20 MPH Speed Limit on Residential Streets

Residential streets in Seattle will have 20 mile per hour speed limits. Graphic: City of Seattle
Residential streets in Seattle will have 20 mile per hour speed limits. Graphic: City of Seattle

20 is plenty for Seattle.

The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to lower speed limits on residential streets to 20 miles per hour.

On all other streets, the default speed limit will be 25 mph, though speed limits may vary on major roadways.

The change is part of the city’s Vision Zero effort, aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities by 2030. Every year about 20 people are killed and 150 are injured in traffic crashes in Seattle. About 50 percent of victims in fatal crashes are people walking and biking.

Gordon Padelford, policy director with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, which led the push for the legislation, said he’s thrilled with City Council’s decision.

“We’re already working on the city’s annual budget process to find additional funding for traffic-calming along arterials that will help implement the policy,” he said.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is asking for $1 million for “Vision Zero spot improvements” — traffic-calming elements in key locations.

The group is also seeking $2 million for a road diet on Rainier Avenue South — a particularly dangerous corridor.

  • Vooch

    applause applause

  • wklis

    For those of us reading this in the rest of world, outside of the United States, 40 mph is 64 km/h, 30 mph is 48 km/h, 25 mph id 40 km/h, and 20 mph is 32 km/h.

  • Xeromith

    This is a bunch of crap!
    It’s not about saving lives! This
    is just a way for The City of Seattle to make more revenue!

  • Riley Metzger

    yeah, this is BS. IT all comes down to ticket revenue. I am going to find out if my council member voted for this. If so their fired! The council is not voting in the people’s interests. Traffic in this city is awful already, pedestrians bolt out into traffic and never check to see if the way is clear.

  • City Resident

    Speed kills.

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