SPEED LIMITS WITHIN URBAN ZONES

LA LIMITATION DE LA VITESSE A L'INTERIEUR DES LOCALITES

This study examines the possible influence of the reduction in speed limit from 60 to 50 or 40 km/h on driver behaviour, traffic flow and safety in urban areas. A survey was conducted, the results of which show that a 50 km/h speed limit should have a marked effect on the reduction in the number and severity of accidents involving pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles. The favourable effect should also apply to car drivers: 5% reduction in the number of accidents, 5 to 10% reduction in the number of casualties and fatalities: contrary to lower speed limits, the 50 km/h limit could improve traffic flow and make full use of road capacity of the speed limit imposed was 40 km/h, more traffic signals and signs should be installed in suburban roads and many difficulties would arise as to the definition of suburban roads to which the speed limit would apply. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau Suisse de Prevention des Accidents

    Caisse Postale 2273
    Berne,   Switzerland 
  • Authors:
    • HEHLEN, P
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Language

  • French

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 71 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 9

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: EIDGENOESSISCHES JUSTIZ- UND POLIZEIDEPARTMENT, BERN (SUISSE). ABTEILUNG VERKEHRSREGELUNG
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM