49 Blog Posts From the 85TH PERCENTILE Tag

NMA E-Newsletter #734: National Roadway Safety Strategy: Is it a better mouse trap?

By Stewart W. Price, President of the National Motorists Association In January of 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation, led by Secretary Pete Buttigieg, published the “National Roadway Safety Strategy,” (NRSS) which serves as the playbook for revamping our current roadway system. It spells out the following goals and corresponding implementation strategies for: Safer People […]

Taking the Politics Out of Speed Limit Setting—a Member Responds: NMA Newsletter #729

By Don Bain, NMA Oregon Member  Editor’s Note: Don submitted these comments to the NMA National Office in response to Newsletter #724 Taking the Politics Out of Speed Limit Setting. While sound from an engineering perspective, there’s an inherent challenge with speed surveys and the 85% percentile speed point: establishing and documenting what “free-flowing conditions” are, […]

Taking the Politics Out of Speed Limit Setting: NMA E-Newsletter #724

All traffic is local, and nothing gets people riled up more than speed limits. The 85th percentile has been the standard for measuring speed limits for years. Due to pressure from groups such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets, this standard of measuring speed is losing ground in states such as California, Oregon, and Massachusetts, […]

Should Bikelash be Over? (and no, this is not an April Fool’s Joke)

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in December 2021 as an NMA Weekly Newsletter #675. If you would like to receive the one-topic newsletter from the National Motorists Association, subscribe today. Even before the pandemic, bike lanes were springing up all over the country in cities large and small. Most motorists weren’t happy, mainly because […]

The Changing Landscape of Speed Limits

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared as the cover story in the Winter 2022 Edition of the National Motorists Association’s quarterly magazine Driving Freedoms. If you would like to receive our magazine, please become a member of the NMA today!   Advocating for speed limits based on sound traffic-engineering […]

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