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Tallinn lowers speed limits on 80 streets

The speed limits will be lowered on Tallinn's streets to ensure safer traffic. The maximum speed allowed will be 30 km/h on a number of inner district roads and 40 km/h on some of the larger streets in the city centre.

The 30 km/h speed limit will be introduced mainly in the Kesklinn, Pelgulinn and Nõmme districts, on 69 streets in total. These are Kivimurru, Tuulemäe, Sikupilli, Katusepapi, Lasnamäe, Majaka põik, Tuha, Killustiku, Metalli, Lahepea, Soodi, Sõudebaasi, Sõjakooli, Rivi, Tuisu, Madara, Tulika põik, Tulbi, Kassi, Mäealuse, Teaduspargi, Kivinuka, Heli, Laulupeo, Kunderi põik, Jakobsoni, Lastekodu, Jakobi, Gildi, Püssirohu, Mõigu, Korgi, Juhtme, Vati, Lambi, Tuukri põik, Karu, Aedvilja, Nafta, Bensiini, Filmi, Värava, Näituse, Võidu, Kagu, Karusmarja, Sinilille, Nelgi, Astri, Aate, Pihlaka, Mahla, Mulla, Härjapea, Roo, Preesi, Aarde, Vaniku, Õle, Heina, Nabra, Pebre, Timuti, Kõrre, Taime, Orase, Nisu, Rukki and Luste. Work started in July and is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the school year.

A speed limit of 40 km/h is planned for 11 major streets in Kesklinn, including Toompuiestee, Tehnika, Paldiski mnt, Luise, Endla, Kaarli pst, Pärnu mnt, Rävala pst, Mere pst, Narva mnt and A. Laikmaa street. Work is scheduled to start in September.

According to Deputy Mayor Andrei Novikov, a precondition for lowering the speed limit in the city centre is the reconfiguration of the traffic light programmes, which may take longer than planned due to a shortage of specialists. "Lowering the speed limits without reconfiguring the traffic lights will not achieve the desired result," said Novikov.

Eliisa Puudersell, CEO of the NGO Elav Tänav, welcomed Tallinn's decision to join the ranks of cities that are reducing the harmful effects of car traffic by lowering speeds. "Lowering the speed of car traffic will reduce the number and severity of accidents, free up space for other road users, alleviate Tallinn's noise problem, and make driving more sustainable and smoother," she told the Eesti Päevaleht of the positive effects of the change, adding that the highest lane throughput in Estonia has been measured at 30 km/h, to the NGO's knowledge.

Tallinn is also installing 28 new road thresholds on streets. According to Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet, the city's aim is to calm traffic and thereby reduce traffic accidents. "To this end, we are installing nearly thirty additional speed bumps across the city. We have opted for raised road thresholds which serve their purpose well, forcing drivers to slow down and pay attention. At the same time, they are safer for road users than black and yellow striped speed bumps made of plastic or rubber," explained Svet.   

The construction works started on 7 July and will last approximately a month. The installation of the thresholds will be carried out in the following order: Ümera street 28a, Paepargi street 17, Virbi street 8, Roo street 21a, Laevastiku street 2, Suur-Patarei street 9, Neeme street 8, Herne street 11, Virmalise street 28, Uue Maailma street 13, between Vikerkaare street 21 and 38, at the intersection of Rahu and Kärje streets, Sõpruse pst 251, Ehitajate tee 74, Ehitajate tee 68, Rivi tee 4, Mustamäe tee 29, Kajaka tee 49, Õismäe tee 124, Veerise tee 1, Luisu tee 5, Aianduse tee 1, Astla tee 37, Siniladva tee 8 and the intersection of Kase and Urva streets (2 thresholds).