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File #: Int 0077-2018    Version: * Name: Raising the speed limit on certain streets.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to raising the speed limit on certain streets
Sponsors: Chaim M. Deutsch, Robert F. Holden
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would allow the Commissioner of Transportation to raise speed limits on roads that are clear thoroughfares with little pedestrian traffic that are designed to accommodate a higher speed limit safely. The 25 mile per hour speed limit adopted as part of Vision Zero has caused significant congestion on these kinds of roads and has led to incidents of road rage. This bill is intended decrease congestion and incidents of road rage.
Indexes: Oversight
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 77, 2. Int. No. 77, 3. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Int. No. 77

 

By Council Members Deutsch and Holden

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to raising the speed limit on certain streets

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subdivision a of section 19-177 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new paragraphs 1 and 2 to read as follows:

1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this subdivision, the commissioner may raise the speed limit to a maximum of 35 miles per hour on streets that are high-capacity streets under the jurisdiction of the department serving as the principal network of through-traffic flow and are designed to accommodate a higher rate of speed safely, as determined by the commissioner.

2. Upon request by a council member to raise the speed limit pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subdivision, the commissioner shall perform a study regarding the feasibility of raising the speed limit on a street specified by such council member and whether such a change would increase the risk of traffic crashes or increase the risk of critical injury or death resulting from such crashes. Such study shall include a recommendation from the commissioner regarding whether or not to raise the speed limit on the respective street and the basis for that recommendation. In determining whether to raise the speed limit, the commissioner shall take into account the results of any such study that has been conducted.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.

 

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