The Michigan House passed HB 4014 on March 24, 2021 (94-12) and sent it to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but until the committee takes it up and advances it, it cannot become law.
LMB supports the bill, sponsored by Rep. Slagh, which would give local communities more flexibility in setting speed limits “in accordance with traffic engineering practices that provide an objective analysis of the characteristics of the highway” or in response to “a situation with hazards to public safety that are not reflected by the eighty-fifth percentile speed”.
The chair and members of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee need to bring up and advance the bill. Please send them a message and let them know that you support HB 4014.
Michigan Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Tom Barrett (R) Chair
Kimberly LaSata (R) Majority Vice Chair
Edward McBroom (R)
Roger Victory (R)
Rick Outman (R)
Dan Lauwers (R)
Erika Geiss (D) Minority Vice Chair
Marshall Bullock (D)
Adam Hollier (D)
You can use the default message below or customize it to include your own testimony:
I’m writing today in support of HB 4014. As someone who enjoys riding a bike, I appreciate the steps this bill takes to make speed limits safer. It allows officials to take safety hazards into account when setting speed limits. It’s a good step forward to make our roads safer for people like me who bike and walk. It passed 94-12 in the House, and I’m asking you as a member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to take it up and pass it.
In 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board published a safety study titled “Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles”. They concluded (in part) that “expert systems such as USLIMITS2 can improve the setting of speed limits by allowing traffic engineers to systematically incorporate crash statistics and other factors in addition to the 85th percentile speed, and to validate their engineering studies” (p. 27) and that “the safe system approach to setting speed limits in urban areas is an improvement over conventional approaches because it considers the vulnerability of all road users” (p. 29.) This bill would allow these national best practices to be adopted in Michigan, and bring us in line with the latest federal safety guidance.
As a supporter of the League of Michigan Bicyclists, I’m proud to be part of their efforts to improve life through bicycling. Making our roads safer for people who bike and walk is an important part of that goal, and HB 4014 is a valuable step toward safety. Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope for your support.
Photo: Mark Boss