Yes. Only a small percentage of vehicles acting as Pace Cars will slow traffic. This starts a positive cycle. People feel more comfortable walking or cycling, which reduces traffic levels, making streets even safer, meaning even more people can walk or cycle.
No! Average city speed is 13mph whether a driver speeds or drives within the speed limit! What a relief to know that we can drive at a safe speed and get “there” just as fast!
No. Many people who sign up for the Pace Car Program already drive within the speed limit.They report that incidents of road rage decrease when they badge their cars as Pace Cars. The Pace Car sticker credentials your car, explaining to following motorists that there is a reason for your courtesy and safe driving speed.
Take a breath and slow down. The Pace Car pledge is a declaration of intent, not a legally binding contract. Kicking the speeding habit can be hard work. Allow yourself more time to get places so you won’t be so tempted to speed.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
2599 Ontario Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
1. I will drive within the posted speed limit on city streets.
2. I’ll treat people walking and bicycling with respect and will share the road safely with them.
3. I'll give myself enough travel time so that I'm not sacrificing courtesy or safety.
4. I will not be pressured by others' impatience to drive above the posted speed limit.
5. I’ll display the PACE CAR sticker on my vehicle, and encourage others to join!
WABA is pleased to partner with DDOT in this very important community safety project.