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File #: Res 0111-2014    Version: Name: Lower NYC’s speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 3/12/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation that would allow New York City to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
Sponsors: David G. Greenfield, Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Vincent J. Gentile, Peter A. Koo, Mark Levine, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie J. Torres, James G. Van Bramer, Rosie Mendez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Inez D. Barron, Stephen T. Levin
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 111 - 3/12/14, 2. Committee Report 4/30/14, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/30/14, 4. Hearing Transcript 4/30/14, 5. Committee Report 5/14/14, 6. Hearing Transcript 5/14/14, 7. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-14-14, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 14, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
5/14/2014ADavid G. Greenfield City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014ADavid G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014*David G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014*David G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014*David G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2014*David G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2014*David G. Greenfield Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/12/2014*David G. Greenfield City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/12/2014*David G. Greenfield City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 111-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation that would allow New York City to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
 
 
By Council Members Greenfield, Chin, Constantinides, Espinal, Gentile, Koo, Levine, Reynoso, Torres, Van Bramer, Mendez, Rosenthal, Rodriguez, Barron and Levin
 
Whereas, New York State law sets 30 miles per hour as the speed limit in New York City unless otherwise posted; and
Whereas, In 2013, 286 people, including 168 pedestrians, were killed in traffic crashes in New York City, according to New York City Police Department (NYPD) data; and
Whereas, In 2013, "unsafe speed" was cited as a contributing factor in over 3,000 collisions that resulted in injuries or fatalities in the City, also according to NYPD data; and
Whereas, Many studies have concluded that the chances of a pedestrian surviving a motor vehicle collision decrease dramatically as the speed of the vehicle increases; and
Whereas, One such study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety determined that while a pedestrian has a 20 percent chance of dying if struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour, the chance of death drops to 12 percent if the vehicle is traveling at 25 miles per hour; and
Whereas, Slower speeds also decrease stopping distance, giving drivers a better chance to take action to prevent collisions from occurring in the first place; and
Whereas, In the interest of pedestrian safety, the City's unposted speed limit should be lowered; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation that would allow New York City to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
 
LS# 799
5/13/2014
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