Drive 25

New Brighton has adopted a new Lower Speed Limit of 25 mph on most City streets.

Lowering traffic speeds is a first step to promodrive25te a safer transportation system and protect our most vulnerable populations. The City has identified that the creation of a Living Streets Plan which is a key initiative to align with the Sustainable and Reliable Infrastructure Strategic Priority.

 The new speed limit goes into effect Sept. 1, 2022. New Signs will start to be installed in August with all signage expected to be in place before Sept 1, 2022.

New Speed Limits

  • 20 Miles per hour in School Zones 
  • 25 Miles per hour on most City-owned Streets
  • 30-40 Miles per hour on County or Border Streets
  • New Speed Limits & Signs (PDF)

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  1. National Research and Guidance

National Research and Guidance

In 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published “Reducing Speeding‐ Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles,” a safety study examining causes, trends and countermeasures to prevent these types of crashes. 

The findings of this study include: 

  • “Speed increases the likelihood of serious and fatal crash involvement, although the exact relationship is complex due to many factors.” 
  • “Speed increases the injury severity of a crash.” 
  • The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidance for setting speed limits in speed zones is based on the 85th percentile speed, but there is not strong evidence that, within a given traffic flow, the 85th Percentile speed equates to the speed with the lowest crash involvement rate on all road types.” 
  • “Unintended consequences of the reliance on using the 85th‐percentile speed for  changing speed limits in speed zones include higher operating speeds and new higher,  85th‐percentile speeds in the speed zones, and an increase in operating speeds outside  the speed zones.” 

“The safe system approach to setting speed limits in urban areas is an improvement over conventional approaches because it considers the vulnerability of all road users.”  Among the recommendations of this report is for a revision to the MUTCD to “incorporate the safe system approach for urban roads to strengthen protection for vulnerable road users.”

  1. Current Speed Limits in New Brighton
  1. Traffic accidents 2011 - 2021
  1. Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents 2015 - 2021
  1. Other cities reducing Speed limits
  1. Why Is The City Doing This?