Monthly Archives: April 2014

20mph Myth Buster

Opponents of wide-area 20mph speed limits rely on various myths that need to be busted! Have a look at some of the myths and the reality below.

Myth: 20mph journey times are far greater than 30mph.
Reality: 20mph doesn’t significantly alter trip times or inconvenience drivers. Traffic jams and stops do. Constant 30mph is rare due to bends, junctions etc. Going fast between obstructions = extra wait at next stop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZECXj_qQGL4&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_fyuybDYw&noredirect=1
http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/20mph_Improves_Traffic_Flow.pdf

Myth: 20mph is OK near schools in term time at drop off and pick up times only.
Reality: 80% of child casualties happen non-school trips. Families need wide area limits for child protection from road injury – their top risk.  Older people are even more likely to die or be seriously injured – 20mph is 10 times safer (than 30mph) for 60+yr olds compared to 7x for others.
http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/How_school_safety_zones_are_not_a_priority.pdf
http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/older_people_deserve_20mph.pdf  http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/Wide_20mph_Limits_Help_Children_and_Families.pdf

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Residents in Battenhall want extension of 20mph speed limit

A petition demanding an extension of the 20mph speed limit in Battenhall, was handed to the County Council Cabinet member responsible for Highways yesterday. Local Green Party campaigner Louis Stephen was helped by local residents to collect 167 signatures calling for sign-only 20mph speed limits on a number of side streets in the area.

98% of the residents he spoke with were in favour of having a 20 mph zone in their street. Hopefully the County Council will listen to the overwhelming call by residents to introduce this inexpensive way to improve their quality of life.