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Denver councilman to propose lowering speed limit

David Heitz
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Denver City Councilman Paul Kashmann will propose Wednesday lowering the speed limit on neighborhood streets with no center line from 25 to 20 mph.

Kashmann said Tuesday he will offer details of his plan at the Public Safety, Housing and Homelessness Committee meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Kashmann said he supports lower speed limits, appropriate enforcement of speed limits and roadway engineering solutions that slow traffic.

Denver has had a record number of fatal automobile crashes this year. As of last week, Denver had logged 76 traffic fatalities for 2021.

Mayor wants zero traffic fatalities

The mayor several years ago launched a plan to “get to zero” traffic fatalities. Kashmann said lowering speed limits is just one part of a multi-pronged plan the mayor has ordered the Department of Transportation Infrastructure to explore.

“We simply must slow down,” Kashmann said. “We know that the higher speeds cause more serious injuries when collisions occur.”

Kashmann made remarks about his proposal during a Cabinet in the Community Facebook meeting with Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday. He said providing adequate public safety is the most important responsibility a local government has.

Kashmann plans to reduce bicycle thefts

Kashmann said he also will soon bring forward a registration program to reduce bicycle thefts. The program also would help get recovered bicycles back to their owners.

Another public safety initiative Kashmann intends to bring forward is an ordinance that would “stop large commercial trucks from parking on neighborhood streets where they just don’t belong.”

He also said he is collaborating with council member Kendra Black to strengthen the city’s tree preservation laws “to better protect the urban tree canopy.”

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