Monday, November 3, 2014
NYC speed limits to be lowered to 25 mph this week
As part of Vision Zero, all New York City streets will have a 25 mph speed limit starting November 7, except where otherwise posted, in an effort to reduce roadway fatalities. “Families and children will be safer because of what we’re doing here today. Lowering the speed limit will save lives. This is a major step toward achieving Vision Zero, and it depends on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Up to 3,000 new speed limit signs will be installed over the next year at a cost of $500,000. The City will prioritize signage at all entry points to the city, at major bridge and tunnel crossings, at airports, and at exits from limited access highways.
The City will continue retooling traffic signal timing and adjusting street designs to improve safety and reduce speeding through its Safe Routes to School, Arterial Slow Zone, and Neighborhood Slow Zone programs.
The NYPD and Department of Transportation are undertaking comprehensive education efforts to ready new Yorkers for the change. The 25 Days to 25 Mph campaign has been canvassing neighborhoods with NYPD and DOT personnel educating motorists and pedestrians.