The Safe Speed Study will identify the recommended speed limit for a particular street (or category of street). This recommended speed limit will either be lower than or the same as the existing posted speed limit. Cities should collect “before” data about the street (described in “Collect Before Data”) to determine the street’s current operating speeds. One of four situations will be apparent after conducting a Safe Speed Study.
A speed management program seeks to reduce both the overall number of vehicles exceeding the target speed and the even more dangerous high-end speeders.
Signs & Markings
Signs and markings are necessary to communicate the speed limit and encourage safe speeds.
Design & Operations
Street design and operational changes are the most effective method for managing speeds. Street design is self-enforcing, making it a particularly powerful tool.
Automated speed enforcement can be a useful component of speed management.
Messaging & Education
Marketing campaigns and education programs support cities’ efforts to reduce speeds through design and policy.