Cities have two options for setting default speed limits: citywide or by street category (e.g., major, minor, alley). Citywide speed limits are generally easier to implement and may be easier for drivers to follow. However, in cities where there is clear differentiation between major arterial streets and local or minor streets, setting speed limits based on category of street can sometimes allow cities to lower speed limits on a large number of streets below what would be allowable citywide (i.e., 20 mph on minor streets vs. 25 mph citywide).
If cities have the authority to set default speed limits, they should decide whether to implement citywide limits or category limits based on what makes the most sense given the local conditions.
Applicable on all streets—major, minor, and shared streets / alleys