West University Place is on the road to a citywide 25 mile-per-hour speed limit — with few exceptions — after City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the the city’s code of ordinances Monday night at its first reading.
Final passage, after the second reading, is expected at council’s May 10 meeting.
Under the ordinance, speed on the majority of West U streets — including Weslayan Street — will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph. Exceptions will be Buffalo Speedway, which will remain at 30 mph, the 4100-4200 blocks of Bissonnet at 35 mph, and already reduced-speed school and park zones.
The changes came as a result of findings and recommendations in a speed and traffic study commissioned by council last year to evaluate traffic conditions, with an eye toward reducing the prima facie speed limit.
Traffic Engineers, Inc. presented their findings at two council workshops, on Feb. 10 and April 12, including data on baseline speed and traffic volumes, crashes, pedestrian and bicyclist incidents, and underlying contributing factors. When analyzed, TEI concluded that data supported reduction of the speed limit.
The presentation to council is available here.