Slow Down Dublin is a community partnership that strives to create safe and comfortable streets for all residents and all road users across Dublin, including people walking and rolling. It offers a data-driven approach to speed management. Dublin Police and City staff want to partner with the community though Slow Down Dublin to take an active, engaged role in supporting safe streets in our neighborhood.
While the City and the Dublin Police will continue to monitor and enforce speed violations, community partnership and engagement in this effort is essential. There are tools and resources available to community members to promote speed safety, show their support of safe streets and encourage others to be careful on the roadways and shared use paths.
We have a toolbox of resources you can use to help the Slow Down Dublin initiative:
To help ensure safe, comfortable streets, the City and Dublin Police look at the 85th percentile speed, a common speedy study metric. Out of 100 drivers, it is the maximum speed of 85 drivers. This metric is compared to the posted speed limit. The higher the difference between the speed limit and the 85th percentile speed, the higher the speed category. Higher categories qualify for more aggressive solutions in the Speed Management Toolbox.
Category 1 Solutions:
Category 2 Solutions:
Category 3 Solutions:
To support this data-focused initiative and provide transparency to the community, this dashboard has several areas showing speed data, traffic incident history and location of speed monitor devices.
Vehicular speed concerns are common feedback Dublin receives from residents. These safety concerns prompted the update of the Traffic Calming Program to a Speed Management Program. The Speed Management Program will provide a framework for a data-driven approach to speed management. The program goals and strategies focus on creating safe and comfortable streets for all road users across Dublin, with a focus on people walking and rolling.
The project team is developing strategies to address speeding and wants to hear from residents about their concerns and what would help them feel safe and comfortable on Dublin streets. This page will be updated with opportunities to provide input as we develop the Speed Management Program.
In March 2023, the City installed two driver feedback signs on Glick Road, at Davington Drive and Din Eidyn Drive, that display a driver’s actual speed to improve awareness and promote speed limit compliance.
On July 31, 2023, a resolution to adopt the City’s Speed Management Program was approved by Dublin City Council.
The City of Dublin hosted a public meeting on Aug. 9, 2022, to gather input from residents about their concerns about vehicular speed and what would help them feel safe and comfortable on Dublin streets, with a focus on people walking and rolling. A recording of the meeting is available below.
First, it is important to understand where the concept of speed limits came from. Most of our laws, including traffic regulations, are based on observations of the way reasonable people behave under most circumstances. Generally speaking, traffic laws that reflect the behavior of the majority of vehicle operators are found to be successful, while laws that arbitrarily restrict the majority of drivers encourage wholesale violations, lack public support, and usually fail to bring about desirable changes in driving behavior. This is especially true of speed limits.
Driving is an extension of social attitude and the majority of drivers behave in a safe manner as demonstrated by their favorable driving records. In the case of speed limits, the safe speed on a roadway should be able to be determined, in large part, by observing how the majority of safe, prudent drivers are currently driving. Public acceptance of this concept is normally instinctive, but in some cases emotion can cause individuals to reject this principal and rely, instead, on more comfortable and widely held misconceptions.
“Before and after” studies consistently demonstrate that there are no significant changes in traffic speeds following the posting of new or revised speed limits. Furthermore, no published research findings have established any direct relationship between posted speed limits and accident frequency.
Realistic speed limits serve as a clear reminder of reasonable speeds for nonconforming violators or drivers unfamiliar with the area and help inject logic into an otherwise arbitrary and often emotional issue.
Speed limits are under the jurisdiction of the state government. The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) establishes minimum speed limits for different types of roadways in section 4511.21. Some examples of the ORC applied to municipal areas are listed below:
To view speed limits in the City, click here. The posted speed limit takes precedence over the above list and map.
School zones are generally defined as a section of roadway fronting a school between the school property lines. School zones are in effect during school recess and while children are going to or leaving school during the opening or closing hours. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph. The typical morning and evening times that school flashers operate on normal school days for Dublin City Schools within the Dublin city limits are as follows:
If a speed limit established by the ORC is not appropriate for a certain location, an engineering study may be submitted for consideration to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Upon review and approval from the state, the speed limit may be changed. The study includes data such as existing travel speeds, roadway character, development density, and crash history. The state has the authority to approve or disapprove any speed limit change request they receive.
For the full text in the ORC on speed limits, please click the following link: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.21.
Sources: Establishing Speed Limits – A Case of “Majority Rule” published by the Arizona Department of Transportation
Speed Limits Explained, Delaware County Engineer’s newsletter Building Bridges Volume 4, Issue 2
The Dublin Police Department uses speed-measuring devices, which monitor traffic volume, average speed, high speeds and low speeds of roadways throughout the city. The results are used to help the department prioritize enforcement and other responsive efforts as well as educate the public.
A summary of all speed survey deployments is listed below by street name. Click on your street to see the results. If your street does not appear and you would like to have a survey conducted, please contact the Dublin Police non-emergency number 614.889.1112 to make this request.
In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.
JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.
The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.
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