“In addition to reduced speed limits, the City will continue to explore every tool available to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries in our communities,” Bottoms said in a statement.
Atlanta is implementing “Vision Zero,” a 1990s Swedish policy designed to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries by reducing vehicular speeds, among other strategies.
Atlanta Transportation Commissioner Josh Rowan said in a statement that reducing the speed limit to 25 mph is “a quick and effective way” to address speeding to make streets safer for people in the public.
In 2019, Bottoms announced her administration would create Atlanta’s first transportation department to create a centralized place for residents to address their concerns about traffic and potholes. The mayor recently lauded the department during her virtual State of the City Address in March.
During the address, Bottoms said the department has installed more than eight miles of new sidewalks and filled nearly 28,000 potholes.
“Creating ADOT streamlines city operations, resulting in a 40% reduction in administrative costs and a 65% increase in performance,” Bottoms said last month.