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I try to remain optimistic but isn't there quite a bit of overlap between Vision Zero and MoveDC?

The longer I follow transportation developments the more I feel that every few years the city comes out with "The Plan" on which nothing much happens and then, a few years later, the city announces yet another "The Plan".

The make or break of Vision Zero has to be vehicle speeds. Any city that continues to tolerate 35 - 45 or even 55 MPH on surface streets shared by pedestrians and cyclists will never truly be a Vision Zero approach.

MoveDC is a 20-30 year framework that addresses moving more people in a growing District, with the background presumption that everybody would like safer roads.

The Vision Zero Action Plan is a short phase of the ten year goal to deliver safer roads. It doesn't directly address moving more people in a growing District.

There is overlap, but it's pretty coincidental - we'd need VZ even if the traveling population was steady or falling. The big hole is that MoveDC didn't include VZ from the get-go.

I'll need to read more about vision 0 but I'm already optimistic. Drivers in Arlington drive far too fast and we need serious road diets to deal with it.

I believe Vision Zero will have varying degrees of effectiveness in different localities. In some places I expect it to be quite effective. In DC, an entire culture shift would need to happen. That's a more long-term change.

Meanwhile in Virginia, there is a proposal to establish a minimum speed limit of 45mph on nonlimited access highways having four or more lanes. https://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2016/hb126/

Now that'll really speed things up on some local roads. That'll show those silly New Yorkers and their silly Vision Zero 25mph limits.

And we thought driver compliance at Virginia crosswalks was bad now. Virginia death race 2016 anyone?

As I read it, the present version of 46.2-870 specifies 55 as a maximum permissible speed limit for these types of roads but permits discretion from VDOT (or local jurisdictions) allowing many roads to be restricted to much lower speeds. Giving the sponsor the benefit of the doubt, I'm guessing that he is seeking a mechanism to permit minimum speeds to be posted and enforceable on interstate highways. However, the bill as presently constructed is so poorly written that it would literally require every four-lane road to have a speed limit between 45 and 55 MPH.

Just imagine the following streets signed at 45MPH:
- Broad St in Falls Church
- Maple Ave in Vienna
- Columbia Pike in Arlington
- Washington Blvd through Clarendon/Ballston

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