UPDATE: The Senate passed the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill just before the deadline to pass non-budgetary bills Wednesday. With 45 Senators voting in favor (2 against, 2 excused), HB 1045 is on its way to the governor’s desk.
The Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill (HB 1045) got off to a screaming start this legislative season, flying through the House with wide bipartisan support. It’s progress through the Senate has found similar bipartisan support, but it has moved very slowly. It is in line for a full Senate vote, but time is running out:
Last day for the senate to vote for safer streets: Call 800-562-6000, ask your #waleg state senator to vote YES on HB1045. Pls RT.
— Bicycle Alliance WA (@BikeWA) April 17, 2013
The bill would make it easier for municipalities to lower non-arterial, mostly residential street speed limits to 20 mph. There is no pricetag on the bill. In fact, because it would remove the red tape burden on local governments to conduct costly and time-consuming traffic studies, it may actually save money. Remove red tape, save money and make neighborhood streets safer? You can see why the bill has found so few enemies.
This is where the bill died last year. Let’s not let that happen again. Call your senator and tell them this is important to you and your neighbors, and should be a priority today.