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Chandler Blvd. Speed Limit Should Increase from 35 to 45 MPH, Study Recommends

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Los Angeles transportation officials and police are continuing their effort to increase speed limits throughout the city, once again with community groups in opposition, citing pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as the general threat to a neighborhood's quality of life. At this week's Transportation Committee meeting of the Los Angeles City Council, discussions will surround raising the speed limits on Chandler Boulevard, Riverside Drive and Beverly Glen Boulevard.

The most drastic proposal is for Chandler Boulevard, where officials want to see a speed limit increase from 35 MPH to 45 MPH along the Orange Line busway and bike lanes (a small section between Vineland and Lankershim would change from 35 mph to 40 mph, too, according to the proposal) . A proposal for Riverside Drive would change the limit from 35 MPH to 40 MPH for its entire length between the Burbank border and Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. And Beverly Glen Boulevard would see some increases and decreases along a short section, between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.

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The reasoning behind raising speed limits goes back to a state law aimed at protecting drivers from low speed limits purposefully set to make it easier for police to write tickets. Basically, the law says a speed survey must be done every 7 years (there can be a one-time 3-year extension) to find the real average speed that 85% of drivers are doing. That average must become the new speed limit, save for some safety elements, if police want to continue using radar for enforcement.