I am asking in response to this post (wich got me thinking) made in another thread. Since the question is off topic for that thread, I thought I would start a new one.
The other thread was about hate and violent behaviour towards cyclists in general Transference of general anti-bicycle rage? . here is the post and my reply:
How about we drop the speed limits down to what they really are in city streets? 15-25mph.
I mean sure cars can go 95mph+ but on city streets thanks to traffic lights, off ramps, left and right turns, cross walks, after you factor in starting and stopping. 15-25mph is your average. And I think its closer to 12mph in my observation. I am not talking about highways or freeways, but I'am only suggesting the city roads which are where most of these altercations and frustations occur.
YOU wouldn't hit so many reds, would arrive to your destination at the same time, and in a MUCH more safer manner. bicycles then, would only be a minor nuisance, if at all. anyone can do 15mph on a bike, and good cyclists can do 25.
Plus think how safe you and your family would be driving 25mph. think of the children. ok that was sarcastic but SAFETY can be a selling point. And the Insurance companies (wich have a HUGE influence in these matters) could make it mandatory and make it happen wheter the voter likes it or not, by leaning on our politicians (like they love to do). Just like they did with the SEAT BELT laws, and motorcycle helmet laws. With the excuse of SAVING LIVES (wich really means saving money for them in the form of less claims).
I admit I have not really thought this through yet, so it might be a stupid idea. IF so let me know why.