Speed limits are the "invisible X factor" in bicycle safety and accessibility : StreetsBlog

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Last summer, when the National Transportation Safety Board recommended backing off from the 85th percentile principle, we called auto speed the invisible X factor in bicycle infrastructure. The difference between a 22 mph car and a 32 mph car isn’t just the difference between life and death if something goes wrong — it’s also the difference between pleasant and harrowing in the best-case scenario....

Because nobody likes to spend their days contemplating their possible demise, auto speed is also the difference between bikes being useful and relevant tools for most Americans’ daily life or being toys most Americans use once in a while.

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