Opinion: Politics and the City–Brakes on speeding with proposed 25 mph limit in Worcester, MA

The idea of lowering the speed limit on local streets resurfaced on the City Council last week when Councilor-at-Large Konstantina B. Lukes requested a report from the city administration on the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a citywide 25 mph speed limit.

It is something she originally called for almost two years ago.

Under the state’s Municipal Modernization Act, municipalities have the authority to establish a default speed limit of 25 mph on any road inside a thickly settled or business district, as long as it is not a state highway.

In Worcester, where most local roads fall into the category of “thickly settled” zones, the default speed limit is currently 30 mph.