NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - For two years in a row, Nashville has seen a record number of pedestrians hit and killed by cars.

It's one of the reasons Walk Bike Nashville wants speed limits in neighborhoods reduced from 30 to 25.

"Because speed is the No. 1 determinant of the severity of a crash and, really, if a crash is going to happen at all," said Lindsey Ganson with Walk Bike Nashville.

Ganson said, research shows, drivers do actually slow down when speed limits are reduced.

"When you drive, you hold your life and the life of your neighbors and friends in your hands," said Ganson. 

Nashville isn't the first to do it.

"Actually Nashville is behind the curve on this one. Many major cities including huge cities like New York City have lowered the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour and seen huge gains in safety," said Ganson

The measure passed unanimously at a public works meeting this week.

It goes before Metro Council Tuesday night at 6:30.

"It's a public meeting so people can join virtually and share their thoughts on the proposal," Ganson said. "We hope people will call in and voice their support for this life-saving change."

To see whether the streets in your neighborhood would be affected, click here. 

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