Some metro cities prefer a lower speed limit
Residents are doing just fine at a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour in the White Bear Lake shore city of Birchwood Village. Ditto in the tiny east-metro city of Landfall, where the legal limit is 10 mph.
The two Twin Cities metro-area communities opted for the slow lane years before public outcry greeted a cyclist-driven proposal to allow Minnesota cities to cut their limits on city streets to 25 mph. The proposal by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, which will lobby for the change at the Legislature, has drawn howls of protest from motorists.
But Birchwood Village and Landfall have lower limits because they took advantage of little-known exceptions to the urban speed limit of 30 mph set by the state.