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The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

Barbara Lucas

Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians.  Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.  

Links to learn more about what you can do regarding this topic:

Chris Hewitt’s “Safety on Seventh St.” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SOS.SafetyonSeventhSt/

Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition: http://www.wbwc.org

National Motorists Association:  http://www.motorists.org/chapters/michigan-issues

Speed limit study performed by Martin Parker and Associates: http://www.motorists.org/speed-limits/effects-raising-lowering.pdf

Car speed, fuel economy, and pedestrian-bicycle safety resources: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/environmental_health/recycling_home_toxics/green_media/motor-smart/car-speed-resources

Contact your state Representative: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

Contact your state Senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html

Barbara received a master's degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. She began her association with WEMU in 2003 as an intern with Washtenaw County, assisting with the weekly "Issues of the Environment" show. In 2003 she also began working in documentary film, and later established her own video production company.