Back in August, we published a post—and an op-ed in the Seattle Times—arguing that Washington cities ought to be able to lower speed limits on non-arterial streets without costly red tape. Moderate reductions in speed save lives and make streets safe—for kids, elderly, pedestrians, bikers, and drivers.
In the months since, a bill has emerged in Olympia, championed by State Representative Cindy Ryu and a host of co-sponsors. On Monday, the state house voted unanimously to pass the bill. King5 did a segment on it, featuring Sightline’s Alan Durning:
Next up, the bill faces the state senate, where a similar bill got caught in a committee last year. Let’s hope good sense prevails this year.