Deal with Drivers

Traffic speed can be critical to walkability, bikeability, and safety. Fast speeds increase the likelihood of pedestrians and bicyclists being hit and will make bicyclists and pedestrians feel uncomfortable. At higher speeds, motorists are less likely to see and react to a pedestrian or bicyclist, and even less likely to actually stop in time to avoid a crash.

Higher speed crashes are much more lethal to pedestrians, with an 85 percent chance of a fatal injury to a pedestrian at 40 mph compared to a 5 percent chance of a fatality at 20 mph.

And motorists may not realize the impact of driving too close to a cyclist or speeding past a rider just to cut in front of him or her to make a right turn. Improper motorist behavior can range from being intentionally hostile or aggressive toward bicyclists, to being well-intentioned, but uncertain about proper driving in the vicinity of bicycles.

If you see cars speeding down your street or through your neighborhood, there are several actions that can be taken, individually or together with your neighbors or city or town officials to slow drivers. These include:

1. Talking with your Neighbors

A solution will likely require involvement from others.

2. Pursuing Education and Enforcement

Educate others and work with other neighbors to set a good example.

3. Pursuing Physical Changes in your Street or Neighborhood

These will help to reduce speeds and encourage better road user behaviors.