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Project Overview


The purpose of the Statewide Speed Limit Vision Project was to develop a vision for setting speed limits supported by cities, counties, user groups, public safety and enforcement.


 

Why develop a speed limit vision for Minnesota?

Speed limits stimulate a lot of discussion. They shape our communities, influence how we use our transportation network, and impact safety. With so many variables, how can we agree on how speed limits should be set? With this question in mind, and an eye for the future, leadership teams for city and county engineering associations requested that the State Aid Division of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) help facilitate a conversation about speed limits. The purpose of this effort was to help develop a consistent and united statewide vision for setting speed limits supported by a diverse group of stakeholders, partners, and users.

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Who developed the Vision?

City and county transportation professionals, public safety and health officials, state transportation officials and law enforcement professionals, and user group advocates from rural, suburban, and urban locales worked together to develop the vision. Advisors included transportation engineers and planners; public officials; and advocates of vulnerable user groups such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Vision

Vision Statement: Speed limits are set with an emphasis on all users with key influences of safety, engineering, and surrounding land use.

Speed limits are set with an emphasis on all users with key influences of safety, engineering, and surrounding land use.

The vision is guided by these core values.

Speed limits are affected by community context, land use, and road design; governed by voluntary compliance through education and accepted social norms; established through consistent technical evaluation and applied equitably across all communities.

Speed limits are affected by community context, land use, and road design; governed by voluntary compliance through education and accepted social norms; established through consistent technical evaluation and applied equitably across all communities.

While developing the vision, the task force established a series of statements relating to shared values:

In Minnesota, we believe that

    • Promotion of safety culture, crash severity reduction, surrounding land use, and non-motorized users should be the amongst the highest considerations when determining a road’s speed limit.
    • Achieving driver compliance through the equitable application of engineering, road design, education and enforcement should be considered for all users when determining a road’s speed limit.
    • A vision for speed limits should recognize the different functions roadways provide.

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