New York City’s default speed limit reduced to 25mph (40km/h)

As part of the Vision Zero campaign by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, the city’s default speed limit has been reduced to 25mph (40km/h) from previous 30mph (48km/h) effective from November 7, 2014.

This means that any street without a speed limit sign has a legal limit of 25mph.

According to City Hall, 90 per cent of the streets in the five boroughs previously had a limit of 30mph and after these changes 90 per cent will now be set to 25mph.

The city government will spend roughly US$500,000 on changing approximately 3,000 speed signs from 30mph to 25mph.