Tigard curbs residential speed limit to 20 MPH
The Tigard City Council has given its blessing to an ordinance that would reduce speed limits in numerous residential neighborhoods to 20 mph.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the council unanimously approved the measure, paving the way for reduction of speeds on many city streets if those roadways meet specific criteria approved by the city's engineer.
Portland implemented a similar 20 MPH limit on all residential streets in 2018.
Tegan Enloe, a senior project engineer for the city, told the council that an educational campaign that includes website information, social media postings and mailing postcards to neighborhoods affected will be implemented before any changes were made.
She estimated that it will take about six months to provide information about the new speeds, as well as to order the necessary signage, before the first set of new speed limit signs can be installed.
Enloe told the council that 67% of respondents to a city survey on the issue were in favor of the 20 mph limit.
Mayor Jason Snider said neighborhood speed reduction has been a top priority for him since he was elected in 2018.
"I just want to make sure that the council and the community knows that when I was running for mayor and knocking on thousands of doors, this was in the top three things that I heard as I talked to thousands of Tigard voters and it's been on my agenda since that experience," said Snider.
"I think it's definitely a step in the right direction … and hopefully it gets people to slow down in their neighborhoods," said Councilor John Goodhouse.
Councilors Jeanette Shaw and Liz Newton expressed support as well for the new ordinance, especially involving the lowering of speeds near Tigard schools. Shaw added that she has heard from some members of the public who want to make sure that there will be police enforcement of the new speed limits.
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