Nashville Bill Would Lower Residential Speed Limits (War on Cars Watch)

The dangerous streets of Nashville may soon become safer thanks to a new measure to reduce speed limits.

Nashville-Davidson County’s Metro Council is considering a bill to limit drivers to 25 miles per hour from the current 30 mph default speed limit.

The move comes after, 23 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in the combined city-county municipality, which sprawls across 526 square miles.

“We know speeds are the largest contributing factor to the number of crashes and the severity of crashes,” Nora Kern, the director of Walk Bike Nashville, told Streetsblog. “As we’ve seen a rising number of crashes in Nashville we need urgent action to address the issue.”

The legislation, introduced yesterday, is vague, but it instructs the Traffic and Parking Commission to conduct a study determining the appropriate speed. It follows a pilot experiment with lowered speed limits to 20 mph in three neighborhoods.