“I Can’t Drive 25″: How Lowering the Speed Limit on Masonic Made Everybody a Speeder

By now, everybody knows that rocker Sammy Hagar Can’t Drive 55 - that speed limit was so low it caused him all kinds of consternation back in the 1980′s.

Now, just imagine how upset Sammy would get on Masonic Avenue these days, what with its relatively new 25 MPH speed limit. 

Well, the cops will be out there, handing out tickets and putting up the radar signs.

Try it for yourself, if you want, try driving the limit. Obeying 25 MPH requires some concentration but it can be done. This shot from the driver’s seat of Mom’s Taxi is proof.

“Speeding” down Masonic at idle and with the foot on the brake pedal:

You really need to keep your eye on the dash, though.

Could Usain Bolt outrun you in your car at this speed? Well, considering that he can easily break Masonic’s speed limit on level ground, I think he’d be able to pass you while going downhill.

Of course the real problems with this portion of Masonic are:

1. All the parked cars;

2. Trees that shouldn’t be where they’re at and can’t be moved; and

3. Those who value aesthetics over safety.

Oh well.

And hey, speaking of safety, here’s the safe way down Masonic – see the cyclist on the sidewalk?

And oh, look at this.

But hey, will this initiative really “improve access” for “all modes of transportation?”  

Seems unlikely at this point.

Oh well.

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2 Responses to ““I Can’t Drive 25″: How Lowering the Speed Limit on Masonic Made Everybody a Speeder”

  1. Once the speed limit hits 20MPH, then your chances of a fatal pedestrian accident become extremely unlikely. There is advocacy in Britain to expand 20 MPH zones:

    http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/

    If you keep light on the gas, it is entirely easy to drive slowly, and a pleasure too boot, because down in this speed range your mind can almost catch up with all that is going on around you: less stress! You just have to let go of the selfish idea that you have some God-given right to drive fast.

    I just returned to the South bay from Brooklyn. I have to say, driving in Brooklyn at a constant 20-25 MPH, slaloming around double-parked cars, bicycles, and the rest, is a lot more relaxing than waiting two minutes at a left-turn light so you can tear down El Camino at 40 MPH.

    Open your mind instead of the throttle. you might find you enjoy driving slow. Good luck!

    -danny

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