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Bilbao becomes the first major city in the world to set an 18 mph speed limit

No urban area with more than 300,000 inhabitants has yet done so

3w ago


In terms of speed limits, some countries are stricter than others for various reasons. In France, for example, the city of Nantes has adopted an 18 mph (30 kph) speed limit on more than 80% of its streets. The Spanish neighbors are even stricter, as the city of Bilbao has just adopted the 18 mph speed limit for the entire urban area.

All roads are concerned without exception, from small streets to major boulevards. As a result, the capital of Biscay becomes the first city in the world with more than 300,000 inhabitants to impose a speed limit of 18 mph in all its streets. The motivations are about environment and safety.

Lowering the speed limit would allow traffic to flow more smoothly and consequently limit traffic jams during rush hours. It would also encourage motorists to use public transport in order to relieve further congestion on the city's streets. The other argument is, of course, safety.

At 18 mph, the speed gap between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians is greatly reduced. Going from 31 to 18 mph (50 to 30 kph) would reduce the risk of accidents by 30% and would also reduce the severity of accidents by 50%. It should also be noted that at 31 mph, the proportion of pedestrians killed is 50% compared to only 5% at 18 mph.

Photo credits El Mundo

Photo credits El Mundo

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Comments (11)


      26 days ago
  • Eh Dublin City has the rediculous 30kph limit for many years too. You can cycle faster than that.

      26 days ago
  • Blow my brains out slow. I would rather row the Titanic through molasses.

      26 days ago
  • I think it’s ridiculous. If people are too stupid to realise it’s a road and there’s cars on it then they achieve a Darwin Award. Instead health and safety goes nuts and everybody suffers.

    No wonder there’s 7 billion people on earth now, all the fu*kwits get to survive and breed where they would have done something stupid and offed themselves in the past.

    Mind that coffee, it might be hot!

      25 days ago
    • There were roads long before there were cars, and there will be roads long after cars too.

        25 days ago
    • And? That doesn’t detract from the fact that some people are just too stupid!

        25 days ago


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