City council could lower speed limit on Lincoln

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Several University of Illinois students have been hit by cars near  campus in the last few years, but some say a new proposal could help stop these accidents.

City council members heard a new proposal to reduce the speed limit on Lincoln between Nevada and Pennsylvania. The new proposal would reduce the speed from 30 miles per hour to 25. A city study by the Campus Area Transportation found the street crowded with pedestrians and bicycles and only narrow lanes for cars.

Some people at the city council meeting were on board with the idea.

One Urbana resident said, “Lowering the speed limit and adding flashing enhanced pedestrian warning signs at each end of Lincoln Avenue will save lives.”

Another resident said it’s the students fault and the city shouldn’t have to pay for it.

“I get the distinct impression that none of the students at UI went to kindergarten because they have no common sense. They can’t look up from their phones.” 

The city has already lowered the speed limit in several other areas around the university including Goodwin Avenue, and Green Street. 

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