Why is this of interest? Due to MN Statute 160.263
How does this relate to the Woodley Process? Bruce Anderson cited this statute during Monday night’s Council discussion on that topic.
Why is is good news? According to MN Stat. 160.263, Subd. 5, “the governing body of any political subdivision, by resolution or ordinance and without an engineering or traffic investigation, may designate a safe speed for any street or highway under its authority upon which it has established a bicycle lane; provided that such safe speed shall not be lower than 25 miles per hour”.
What should we do next? Work to get the speed on the downtown section of Highway 3, between St. Olaf Avenue and 5th Street, reduced from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.
Why would we want to reduce the speed? According to a study cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “5 percent of pedestrians struck at 20 mph will die, compared with 45 percent at 30 mph, and 85 percent at 40 mph”.
What is the likelihood that our City Council will take action on this matter? Wow, your guess is as good as mine.