The Mayor and City Council agreed to allow a 20 mph zone pilot project in the Pine Avenue residential area between 16th and 22nd Streets during the June 18, 2019 Council meeting.
This will be a pilot project. The 20 mph signs will be posted this summer and the speed monitor trailer will be placed at various locations along Pine Avenue. The City will not accept speed reduction petitions until after this pilot project is completed.
Residents in this area have observed speeding on Pine Avenue and are concerned about the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. They submitted a petition to the City requesting a reduction in the speed limit from 25 miles per hour (mph) to 20 mph.
In 2013, the Washington State Legislation passed House Bill 1045 also known as the Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill. This bill revised RCW 46.61.415 to allow cities to establish a maximum speed limit of 20 mph on non-arterial highways within a residential or business district. This change in speed limit can be cancelled within one year of its establishment.
In 2017, the speed limit on First Street between Avenue D and Cedar Avenue was reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph. This segment of First Street is a unique area of the City where there is a high pedestrian volume due to the businesses and various activities in the area.
The Vision Zero and Target Zero programs have been developed to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Vision Zero is a national program and Target Zero is a local program. The Target Zero goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030. Speed management is a critical factor to making streets safer for all users. By decreasing speeds, the survival rate of pedestrians increase and the driver’s field of vision also increases.