Denver Installs First 20mph Speed Limit Sign on Local Streets

Published on May 03, 2023

DOTI Executive Director Adam Phipps oversees a city sign crew installing Denver’s first 20 mph sign for local streets

DENVER – On May 2, Denver City Councilman Paul Kashmann and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Executive Director, Adam Phipps, met with a city sign crew to install Denver’s first 20 mph sign for local streets, calling attention to lower speeds and safer driving.

“We’ve reduced the speed limit on neighborhood streets to make our communities safer and improve quality of life in our city,” said Councilman Kashmann.  “With National Bike and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, there will be more children and parents out and about and we want to take this opportunity to tell drivers to slow down.”

Councilman Kashmann led the effort on Denver City Council to approve an ordinance change that reduces Denver’s speed limit on local streets from 25 mph to 20 mph. The city is now installing 20 mph signs with a focus on getting people’s attention as they enter the neighborhood streets off arterial roadways, and on posting signs at highway exits to inform drivers the speed limit on local roads is 20 mph.

“The speed at which someone drives is ultimately a personal decision that can be the difference between life and death,” says Phipps. “Simply put, slow down while driving to reduce your risk of seriously injuring someone, including yourself.”

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