Local businesses enjoy reduced speed limit in downtown North Bend

Downtown North Bend, Oregon -- January 13, 2016.

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Traffic is moving a lot slower in downtown North Bend than it did at this time last year.

It's been about six months since the speed limit dropped from 30 to 20 miles per hour and downtown business owners say it's made all the difference.

"I'm seeing a lot more of the local people that actually realize we're here and stop," explains Beccy Kaneen with Crystal Dolphin Gallery, "and I'm seeing more of the travelers coming by and stopping also. It needed it. Because when it was 30 miles per hour they were going 40 and 45 through here, and now when it's 20, some of them go 20; most go 25 but that's still a nice large drop and people actually see the businesses instead of shooting through."

Kaneen also said the slower speeds have made it a safer, more walkable street for pedestrians.

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