Speed limits lowered across Vanderbilt University campus ahead of fall semester

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 17:10:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Streets across the Vanderbilt University campus will have a lower speed limit ahead of the upcoming fall semester.

The university is lowering speed limits on campus as part of an ongoing commitment to pedestrian safety.

"We know that by simply lowering a speed limit by five or 10 miles per hour, we are significantly increasing the safety and well-being of pedestrians," said Maj. Corwin Thomas of the Vanderbilt University Police Department. “Nine out of 10 pedestrians survive when hit by a vehicle at 20 miles per hour as opposed to only a 60 percent survival rate at 30 miles per hour. Lowering the limits saves lives and encourages our community to walk or bike when possible instead of driving.”

The following streets will lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph:

  • 25th Avenue South
  • Natchez Trace
  • Vanderbilt Place

The following streets will lower the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph:

  • Jess Neely Drive
  • Highland Avenue
  • 24th Avenue South

Signs notifying drivers of the lowered speed limit were installed in early July and each affected roadway was painted on the pavement with the updated speed limit.