In response to community concerns about high vehicle speeds and pedestrian safety, the Transportation Department will lower the speed limit of all streets in the Surrey Downs neighborhood from 25 mph to 20 mph in fall 2020. While school zones in Bellevue are signed for 20 mph during certain school hours, this project will be the first in the city to feature a 20 mph speed limit for all times of day. This project was selected from more than 100 candidate locations in the city following a prioritization process by the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services group.
Why lower the speed limit
Lowering vehicle speeds helps to make streets safer and more comfortable for people walking in the neighborhood, a key strategy envisioned in the community-supported East Main (Light Rail) Station Area Plan. Further, lower speeds supports the city’s Vision Zero effort to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on city streets by 2030.
The city plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the speed limit change through before-and-after traffic studies that measure vehicle speeds and through community feedback.
What to expect
A one-week traffic study—planned during September— will assess existing vehicle speeds at multiple locations throughout the neighborhood to compare against future conditions.
To lower the speed limit, city staff will replace existing speed limit signs with 20 mph signs, add blue “Residential Area” signs at each neighborhood entrance, and repaint speed limit pavement markings. Additionally, a few new 20 mph pavement markings will be added in the neighborhood.
Yard signs that indicate “20 is Plenty” are available to community members upon email request. These signs will be available to the community closer to the launch of the 20 mph speed limit (a notice will be posted at the top of this page).
This project is funded by the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (CIP PW-M-7). Project budget: $20,000.
- September 2020: Notice to community; traffic study to measure vehicles speeds prior to implementation of 20 mph streets
- October 2020: Planned implementation of 20 mph streets
- November 2020: Traffic study to vehicle speeds following implementation
- Mailer to neighborhood (September 2020)