Jacksonville residents asking for change in speed limits through ’20 is Plenty’ campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Residents of Jacksonville’s Lakewood community say it’s a quiet and pleasant neighborhood, aside from one issue.

“People cut through from University Boulevard to San Jose Boulevard... that’s a race zone there,” Donna McElroy told Action News Jax.


And many Lakewood residents Action News Jax spoke to on Thursday complained that speeding is far too common throughout their neighborhood. Neighbors said Lakewood is a neighborhood with many young children, only adding to the concern.

“We have a whole neighborhood full of kids, and this is just a wonderful neighborhood,” Linda Bismore said, whose grandchildren live next door. “I just love it here, but I worry about the little kids.”

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Now, the residents are doing something about it, asking for the speed limit to be lowered from 30 miles per hour to 20, as part of the “20 is Plenty” campaign. The city run campaign aims to conduct speed limit studies in Jacksonville communities who need them.

“To go 30 miles an hour and go around the curves and over the hills is ridiculous,” McElroy said about Lakewood. “This is a really nice neighborhood to live in. And we’d like to keep it that way.”

And those who want their neighborhood to be part of the next “20 is Plenty” study, possibly lowering the speed limit in their community, can fill out a three minute survey on the campaign’s website by clicking here.

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