The most dangerous aspect of our transportation system for kids walking and biking in Texas is our little residential neighborhood streets, with 30 mile per hour speed limits. Traffic engineers in Texas know how to design safe neighborhood streets where the person driving a car or truck will feel comfortable using that street at a speed safe for our kids, but state law inhibits the ability of local governments to deploy safe design.
The Safe Neighborhood Streets bill will lower the prima facie speed limit - the speed limit on all little streets that don’t have a speed limit sign - from 30 to 25 mph, and will give cities the power that counties already have to use 20 mph speed limits to design streets where kids are free to be kids.
Stop for Pedestrians
Texas is currently a Yield to Pedestrians state, and also one of the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians. Several states have recently found that a small change to traffic laws from being a “yield to” to a “stop for” state can help save lives and provide much greater clarity while you are driving, walking, or using a wheelchair.
Ending Traffic Deaths
Over the last decade, Texas has been moving in the wrong direction on traffic deaths, with 3,752 people dying using the Texas transportation system in 2017 - an average of ten people dying every day. People are dying in cars, in trucks, on bikes, on motorcycles, and while walking or using wheelchairs.
A clear statewide goal to end the epidemic of traffic deaths by 2040 will increase the rate at which our state agencies and local governments can reduce the danger on our streets.
While the state has a Strategic Highway Safety Plan, its goals assume that traffic deaths will continue to rise, because of a lack of prioritizing safety from our leadership. A multi-agency and multi-disciplinary task force will bring recommendations back to the 2021 legislative session to rapidly increase safety on the streets and roads of rural, urban, and suburban Texas.