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Four informational public meetings for setting speed limits

Join us Nov. 16, Nov. 21, Dec. 11 or Dec. 14 to discuss setting speed limits

Post Date:10/30/2019 2:00 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (Oct. 30, 2019) – One in five of all serious injury and fatality crashes in Tempe are speed-related. As a way to further Tempe’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes, Tempe is reviewing speed limits in certain areas.

Residents are invited to join us at four informational sessions to discuss proposed speed limit changes and find out how safer speed limits help save lives, increase traffic efficiency and create friendlier roads for all modes of transportation. Residents can provide feedback at the meetings and online.

November Meetings

December Meetings

Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Arizona Community Church – Building G1
9325 S. Rural Road

Tempe Public Library – Meeting Room A
3500 S. Rural Road

Tempe is proud to be a multi-modal city. Residents, visitors, students and employees can walk, bike, bus or use rail to get around. Tempe has one of the highest percentages of bicycle commuters in the country, with ASU seeing around 16,000 riders on the busiest days. Tempe also has the highest transit ridership, per capita, in the state.  

In an effort to ensure safe and equitable streets for all road users, Tempe is considering a safe systems approach to setting speed limits. The safe systems approach recognizes that people make mistakes and seeks to design a system that allows for these mistakes, rather than expecting perfect driving behavior.

Lower speed limits create shorter stopping distances, giving drivers more control of their vehicles as well as more time to react to road hazards. Lower speed limits also decrease the chances of being injured and the severity of injuries.  

There is a misconception that lowering speed limits results in increased traffic congestion. However, the opposite usually occurs – increased traffic efficiency.  Tempe’s traffic signals are timed for a progression speed that is equal to, or slightly less than, the posted speed limit. As a result, drivers who exceed the speed limit are more likely to be stopped at red lights.

As an added benefit, lowering speed limits can improve quality of life. Studies have shown that when vehicular speeds decrease, bicycling and pedestrian rates increase, due to an increased feeling of safety. That creates a physically healthier community. It also results in less cars on the road, reducing carbon emissions.  

The safe systems approach to setting speed limits is a strategy included in the Vision Zero Action Plan. Vision Zero is a traffic safety policy that takes an ethical approach towards achieving safety for all road users. The goal is to achieve a reduction in the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero in Tempe, because no loss of life is acceptable.

For more information, or to comment online Nov. 16-Dec. 28, please visit




Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation

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