New York City 25 MPH Speed Limit Press Conference (source: Streetsblog)

Hit Me at 30

Worth noting as New York City goes to a 25 mph speed limit ( which is still 40 km/h for you speed demons)

6 thoughts on “Hit Me at 30

  1. Minneapolisite

    NYC has an advantage in that all counties involved are the city. Here the city is a mere 58 sq mi with 400,000 residents while Hennepin County is 606 sq mi total and aside from Minneapolis has an additional 800,000 residents who by and large are pro-sprawl.

    We essentially have little sway over county roads which pass through the city, which is ridiculous. We aren’t allowed to make their streets narrow and slowed with speed humps like we do on a number of city streets, but they can widen our roads and turned them into death traps for local residents in favor of commuters. I think the city should calm county streets located within Minneapolis borders without regard for what the county has to say: it’s the only way they’ll actually take us seriously. The city needs to stand up for the lives of its citizens over shortening car commuting in the rest of the county.

    1. Adam FroehligAdam Froehlig

      Your rant regarding how the city “can widen our roads and turn the into death traps” is actually a good bit of urban legend. The laws surrounding Muncipal Consent mean that anything the county or state does must be signed off on by the city.

      It should also be noted that the Lake St reconstruction project (a County State Aid project, mind you), was one in which the lane widths were narrowed, which flies in the face of what you accuse the county of doing.

      Matt has made the argument (quite loudly), that design guidelines codified in state law are largely to blame.

      1. minneapolisite

        Why am I always hearing about the city being powerless over the layout of county roads in the city? That was my understanding as to why Minnehaha didn’t get a protected bikeway. If not, then the city really needs to get its priorities in order. Lake is still 30 MPH with traffic speeding faster when possible. Not sure what a meaningless lane width reduction proves.

      2. Matt SteeleMatt Steele

        We know how it would work out if Minneapolis decided to deny municipal consent to speed limits of 30 MPH….

        1. Adam FroehligAdam Froehlig

          Problem there is speed limits operate under different rules. And state law gives almost sole discretion for speed limits to MnDOT. The main exceptions are park roads (hence why the parkways are mostly 25), alleys, and certain situations where an urban speed limit is greater than 30.

  2. Mike Sonnmikesonn

    Jefferson Bike Boulevard is 30 mph.

    Let that sink in once.

    So needless to say, I see every cyclist under 15 up on the sidewalk. We’re failing.

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