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Support for 20mph speed limit for safer walking and cycling

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Local MP Meg Munn recently confirmed her support for the GO 20 campaign to make 20mph the default urban speed limit. At a briefing organised by Brake, the road safety charity, and Allianz Insurance results of a survey were announced showing eight in 10 people (78%) across the UK believe 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres.

At the event speakers outlined the benefits of 20mph limits and progress being made by local authorities in implementing them. Speakers included bereaved dad Dave Britt, who spoke about how a 20mph limit could have saved his son’s life, Councillor Phil Jones from Camden Council, which has implemented 20 limits, and road safety minister Robert Goodwill MP, who outlined the government’s position.

There is an estimated 12.5 million people living in areas implementing or committed to widespread 20mph limits. Areas that have already introduced 20mph limits have seen significant reductions in casualties, such as Portsmouth where they fell by 22%, and Camden, where crashes reduced by 54%. Other local authorities now GOing 20 include the City of London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

20mph limits promise to deliver improvements in public health and social activity, and reductions in congestion, pollution and noise, as more people feel safe to walk and cycle for local journeys, commuting or simply for enjoyment.

Meg said:

By reducing the speed in urban areas by a small amount we can ensure that those walking or cycling are safer, thereby encouraging people to undertake these healthier alternatives to the car. It will also make local neighbourhoods quieter and reduce pollution from car emissions improving our environment.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:

We need to tackle the senseless casualties that happen daily on our roads, and enable people to live healthy, active, social lives. It’s clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about - and its clear this is what people want. That’s why so many local authorities are making the switch from 30mph to 20mph. It’s time for the government to GO 20 nationally, to save councils money and help create safe, active, happy communities nationwide.”

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