Speed Matters: Cyclists/Pedestrians survival chance jumps to 90% if hit by vehicle traveling 20 MPH
People walking and biking have a 90% chance of surviving if hit by a car driver going 20 MPH. But at 30 MPH there is only a 50-50 chance of survival.
You can help move Seattle towards safer speed limits, right now.
What’s the proposal? The city council is considering lowering speed limits on non-arterial streets from 25 MPH to 20 MPH, and in downtown on arterial streets from 30 MPH to 25 MPH (see the City’s FAQ).
Why should you care? If you have a young child, elderly family member, or if you are a pedestrian/cyclist in Seattle, this means safer streets for you and your family.
How will this proposal make a difference? This proposal makes sense. Our neighborhood streets are where we raise our families, talk to our neighbors, play in our front yards, and walk to school. Neighborhood streets should be quiet, calm, and safe places that enhance our quality of life. Downtown streets have the highest concentration of collisions between people walking or biking and people driving, and lowering the speed limit will help. Speed limit changes are only a small, but important, part of a comprehensive Vision Zero effort to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on our streets by 2030. Learn more.
How you can help:
- Tell the City Council why adopting safer speed limits is important to you and your community. Or if you are too nervous to speak, hold signs in support.
- When: 2:00 (show up at 1:50 to sign up), Tuesday, September 20th
- Where: Seattle City Hall’s main council chambers. If you are having trouble finding the chambers, simply ask anyone you see inside the building.
Please let Gordon Padelford know if you can join to support the legislation on Tuesday.
If you can’t make it: Please call your city council members and let them know you are supportive:
Tim Burgess (Citywide): 206.684.8806 | email@example.com
Lorena González (Citywide): 206.684.8802 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your city council district here.
Lisa Herbold (Dist 1): 206.684.8803 | email@example.com
Bruce Harrell (Dist 2): 206.684.8804 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kshama Sawant: (Dist 3) 206.684.8016 | email@example.com
Rob Johnson (Dist 4): 206.684.8808 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Debora Juarez (Dist 5): 206.684.8805 | email@example.com
Mike O’Brien (Dist 6): 206.684.8800 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Bagshaw (Dist 7): 206.684.8801 | email@example.com
Thank you for all that you do!
NOTE: Printed with minor modifications and with permission from my friends at Seattle Greenways, specifically SG Policy Director Gordon Padelford.