- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2011

A pair of D.C. Council members on Thursday withdrew their bill to reduce residential speed limits to 15 mph, citing a call from residents to “take a step back” and rethink the proposal.

Council members Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat, and Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, had introduced the Pedestrian Safe Streets Speed Limit Amendment Act on Nov. 1 to align neighborhood speed limits, currently 25 mph, with those found in school zones.

Instead, the legislators plan to expand a pedestrian safety pilot program to include wards 4 and 6. The eight-month program will study speeding, road conditions and pedestrian activity on certain streets, according to Ms. Bowser’s office.

“If it turns out there is a need for legislation, we’ll revisit the bill at another time,” Ms. Bowser said. “The goal here is safety for pedestrians — one way or another.”