Every year in Rochester, hundreds of people are struck by vehicles while out walking and biking on our community streets. The top two factors in traffic fatalities in this country are alcohol and speed. And the percentage of crash deaths that involve speeding is higher on minor roads (like our neighborhood streets) than on highways and interstates.

How fast we drive on our community streets impacts that safety and quality of life for those who live, work, play and shop along those streets. Around the country, cities such as Cambridge, MA, New York City, and Seattle, are lowering their speed limits to make residential streets safer. Many are hoping Rochester will soon follow suit.

Join the effort led by HealthiKids to reduce the City speed limit from 30 to 25 mph on residential streets.

The Connection Between Transportation in Rochester, NY.

Can 5 or 10 mph really make that much of a difference?


Here’s why:

The higher the speed, the greater the risk to a pedestrian or cyclist.

A person has more than a 90% chance of surviving if hit by a car traveling 20 mph. If that car is traveling 40 mph, there is about a 90% chance that person will die. Those risks increase if the pedestrian is a child or older adult. The human body can only handle so much.

[Courtesy of HealthiKids]

Reduced speeds are good for pedestrians AND drivers.

Lower speeds allow drivers more time to notice things and react. If something is in the road 100 feet ahead of you when driving 40 mph, you will hit it going 36 mph. If you are traveling 25 mph, you can stop well within 100 feet.

At lower speeds, crashes are likely to be avoided altogether. And if they do occur, they will be far less severe.

Reduced speeds can benefit the entire community.

       [Read more about the benefits beyond safety]

Reduced speed limits on our residential streets alone aren’t the silver bullet, but are an important tool in the overall solution to safer streets. Done in concert with education, enforcement and design, the culture of how we use and share our streets can begin to change.

Let City Council know you want Rochester to be the next city to make streets safer by lowering the speed limit on residential streets!


  1. Definitely need to reduce the speed limits from 30mph to 25mph in residential areas (i.e. Corn Hill residential, Side streets as in off Plymouth Ave.) to mention a few. However through main city areas No …maintain the 30mph (i.e. main street and broad street) other similar which are Not residential!
    One of the biggest issues I see in Rochester traffic in the city is the continual road rage even in city traffic .. cars passing other cars who may be traveling 35mph in a 30 but still the mentality of ignorance in passing on the right due to impatience and sheer arrogance we have here. The attitude of drivers here is terrible and its obvious when you have been gone for 20-30 yrs and come back!

  2. I do not support changing the speed limit to 25MPH in Rochester. 30MPH is a safe speed for almost all city streets under most conditions. Just like red light cameras, lower speed limits will penalize safe drivers with increased costs for violation fees and insurance premiums. If present speed limits were enforced the roads would be safe for drivers and pedestrians alike.
    Yellow flashing lights on crosswalk signs that are on long stretches of road between traffic signals might help to slow drivers who tend to push the speed limit on main roads such and South Ave. and Lake Ave.

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