The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

Oct 25, 2013

Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians.  Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.  

Car speeding on 7th Street in Ann Arbor
Car speeding on 7th Street in Ann Arbor
Credit Barbara Lucas

Links to learn more about what you can do regarding this topic:

Chris Hewitt’s “Safety on Seventh St.” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SOS.SafetyonSeventhSt/

Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition: http://www.wbwc.org

National Motorists Association:  http://www.motorists.org/chapters/michigan-issues

Speed limit study performed by Martin Parker and Associates: http://www.motorists.org/speed-limits/effects-raising-lowering.pdf

Car speed, fuel economy, and pedestrian-bicycle safety resources: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/environmental_health/recycling_home_toxics/green_media/motor-smart/car-speed-resources

Contact your state Representative: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

Contact your state Senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html