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.
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.