The likelihood of a pedestrian fatality is 40% when that pedestrian is struck by a vehicle traveling 30 mph. The likelihood of fatality drops significantly, to 13%, when the vehicle speed drops by only 10 mph to 20 mph. Last year, 49* bicycle and pedestrian fatalities were reported in the City of Jacksonville, indicating that a more proactive approach must be implemented in analyzing the safety benefits of reduced vehicle speeds.
Thus far, the City of Jacksonville has completed two pilot studies to determine if a lower speed limit has the desired effect of lowering vehicle speeds. The map to the right shows the location of these two study areas, in the Springfield and Lakewood neighborhoods. Would your neighborhood benefit from a speed reduction study as well? By completing a brief 3-minute survey, you may be able to register your neighborhood to undergo speed reduction analysis to determine if lowered speeds would improve the level of safety and comfort for the walkers and cyclists in your community. Thank you for participating and supporting active transportation within Jacksonville!
*Signal4 Analytics query for bicycle-pedestrian fatalities, between 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022