20mph for 50% of
London's Roads for Pedestrian Safety
Two major pedestrian safety reports have underscored the
vital role 20mph limits play to protect pedestrians from road danger.
The Greater London Assembly Transport Committee wants half of London’s
roads to go 20mph by 2016
Peace from Oswestry named 20's Plenty for Us campaigner of the year
Oswestry’s S-C Peace was awarded 20’s Plenty for Us
National Campaigner of the year at the 20mph Conference on Tuesday 18th
February. It recognises her voluntary work for 20’s Plenty for Oswestry
done around extensive health treatments and recovery after a road crash
for 20 – Time for DfT to end the needless imposition of 20mph repeater
signs and be more flexible
Whilst the Department for Transport
and central government both encourage 20mph limits for residential
streets, the DfT’s needlessly stringent repeater signage regulations are
a barrier to smoothly transitioning to slower speeds. The UK’s road
speed signage rules are out of date and a new ‘Flexi-20’ system is a
YouGov poll shows
that Britons want 20mph limits and demonstrates benefit of increasing
Academics at UWE Bristol’s Social
Marketing Centre have analysed a YouGov survey and concluded that,
whilst most Britons want and intend to abide by 20mph limits for
residential and busy streets, they see the need for enforcement.
20mph Limits: Best Public Health & Equalities Policy Option says Social
Science Expert Prof. Danny Dorling
The British Academy have a published a
policy advice collection in which Prof Danny Dorling clearly lays out
the evidence for wide 20mph limits as his top policy to tackle health
inequalities. Entitled “If you could do one thing..” it is a guide for
Local Authorities by nine leading Social Science academics.
20mph Conference - 'Time for 20'
Tues 18th February - Camden Town Hall
The 5th National 20mph conference focuses on how to roll
out limits. It features speakers on signage rules, case studies of
implementations to improve the public realm, healthy lifestyles and
reduce casualties. Learn from leading UK experts and the first
authorities to implement wide 20mph on how to get it right.
Obesity and Active Travel - 20mph limits is the answer
Public Health England (PHE) in
cooperation with the Local Government Association (LGA) have recommended
that Local Authorities implement wide area 20mph limits to stimulate
active travel and tackle obesity. 20mph limits is the top evidenced
based policy to raise British people’s regular exercise levels.
20mph: LGiU briefing says area wide 20mph limits are a win, win, win for
The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)
commissioned and researched an independent policy briefing recommending
that Local Authorities implement wide area 20mph limits.
Plenty for Us founder receives MBE from Her Majesty the
||Rod King, the founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, received his MBE from the
Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 28th November 2013
Police Toughen 20mph Limit Enforcement Guidance
||The Association of Chief Police Officers
(ACPO) have toughened up guidance on enforcing 20mph limits. Speed
offences where people live will not be tolerated. Better enforcement
both increases compliance and the safety of the UK’s streets.
‘Time for 20’: 20mph As The UK’s Normal Residential Limit
||‘Time for 20mph’ as the UK’s normal
residential speed limit. Under Secretary of State for Transport Norman
Baker supports more 20mph, as does Shadow Transport Minister Maria
Eagle. Over 12m people live in places like Birmingham where 90% of roads
are going 20mph.
20mph limits for 90% of Birmingham’s Roads
Birmingham plans for 90% of its roads to have a 20mph
The UK’s biggest transport authority with over 1 million residents
announced wide 20mph just one week after the City of London made its
decision. With Cardiff and Edinburgh saying 20’s Plenty too, 20mph is
City of London Agrees Total 20mph Limits for All Roads
||The City of London today voted for a
20mph limit for all roads. The square mile’s landmark vote will raise
safety and the quality of life for thousands working in, or visiting,
London’s financial hub.
Mayor’s London Roads Task Force Supports 20mph Limits
||The Mayor’s London Roads Task Force (RTF)
have recognised that “speed limits play an important role where
‘movement’ and ‘place’ need to be better balanced, where there are high
levels of pedestrian activity and where safety issues have been
20’s Plenty for Us founder is awarded MBE in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours list 2013
||Rod King , who has been campaigning for
the safety of vulnerable road users since 2000 has been awarded an MBE
in recognition of his services to Road Safety
200 UK Places Say “20’s Plenty for Us” with a 20mph limit
||The 200th UK local 20’s Plenty for Us
campaign group has begun. Support for community-wide 20 mph speeds
limits (without humps) is popular, growing and winning. 12 million
people live where there is a wide-area 20mph limit policy.
4th Annual 20mph Places Conference
||At the 4th annual 20mph Places conference
delegates heard the case for only requiring repeater signs on 30mph
limits and above. Many cities have decided 20mph is the norm for lit
streets. Less signs makes sense, saves money and clutter.
Anna Semlyen from York Awarded 20mph Limits Campaigner of
||York’s Anna Semlyen was awarded 20’s
Plenty for Us National Campaigner of the year at the 20mph Conference on
Thursday. It recognises her voluntary work for 20’s Plenty for York.
York has committed to a wide-area road safety programme.
World Health Organisation Say Wide 20mph Limits Are
Proven To Help Pedestrian Safety
||The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) new
Pedestrian Safety report endorses area-wide lower speed limits. It is
top level, conclusive proof that signed 20mph limits are effective.
20’s Plenty for Us Welcomes Overhaul of UK Speed Signage
||The Department for Transport are changing
traffic sign regulations. Fewer repeater speed limit signs would make
wide 20mph limit implementation cheaper. Even more places are expected
to agree to 20mph limits for their communities.
20’s Plenty for Us welcomes new DfT guidance on Setting
Local Speed Limits
||The DfT have once again added further
support to 20mph limits in towns and villages in its latest 2013
guidance to local authorities on setting local speed limits.
20’s Plenty for Us Strengthen London Campaign
||Six London Boroughs have committed to
“Total 20” policies for all residential streets. Due to rising demand
from communities, councillors and officials, 20’s Plenty for Us has
appointed a London Co-ordinator. There are nearly 200 local campaigns
UK-wide for 20mph limits without humps.
EU citizens begin an initiative to petition for a 20mph
urban speed limit
|| 20mph speed limits have been accepted as
a European Citizens Initiative. Gathering 1 million petition signatures
will require serious consideration of this by the EU Commission. 55,000
names are needed from the UK
Lib Dem Conference Supports 20mph Limits
||The Liberal Democrat Party Conference has
overwhelmingly supported residential 20mph limits. 20’s plenty where
people live is now policy for a Coalition party in UK Government
EU citizens call for 20mph to become the accepted normal
urban speed limit
||20mph speed limits are to be the subject
of one of the first of the new European Citizens Initiatives which
brings community issues right to the centre of European government
30mph national speed limit no longer "fit for purpose"
||Something is wrong. Many of Britain’s
most iconic cities have rejected the national speed limit. Oxford,
Cambridge, York, Liverpool and Bath all say 30mph is not fit for purpose
for up to 95% of roads. Wide-area 20mph limits bring a fairer sharing of
20's Plenty to build for 2020 - A real legacy to prepare
for the 2020 Olympics
||After a successful Olympics that made us
all proud of our capital city and Team GB, we need a legacy that will
transform the opportunities for active travel for the children of today
to become the medallists of 2020. Lowering our vehicle speeds where
people live, work, learn and shop could transform the active travel
opportunities for our nation.
DfT casualty figures for 2011 show that as the total
number of 20mph roads increases, so do the total number of casualties,
but this is not evidence of increased danger.
||Local authorities around the country have
been adopting 20mph as the default limit for urban roads and in some
areas 70% of all roads now have a 20mph limit. Hence without reference
to the total number of miles of 20mph roads in 2010 and 2011 no
conclusion can be drawn from these particular statistics.
150 UK Places are saying "20's Plenty for Us"
||There are now 150 local 20’s Plenty for
Us campaigns around the country. 20’s Plenty for Us find calls for
community-wide 20 mph speeds limits, without humps, are popular, growing
and winning wide support.
DfT issues proposals for new guidance on speed limits
||20’s Plenty for Us welcomes the proposal
for new speed limit guidance regarding 20mph limits. Now over 8m people
live in local authorities who have already committed to 20mph limits as
the default for all residential roads and it is important that the DfT
is aligning itself better with what is developing good practice within
such progressive local authorities.
NHS Part Funds 20mph Limits for Liverpool in Landmark
Public Health Collaboration
||This ground-breaking deal confirms joint
Local Authority and public health responsibility for roads. 20mph speed
limits cost effectively prevent injury and promote healthy lifestyles.
20mph residential limits success forces Motorway debate
||The Transport Minister is rumoured to be
trading off residential 20mph limits with 80mph for motorways. The
success of UK 20mph campaigns has led to debate
Europe says 20's Plenty Where people Live
||This week the European Parliament adopted
a key slower road speeds resolution. It “strongly recommends the
responsible authorities introduce speed limits of 30 km/h in all
residential areas and on single-lane roads in urban areas which have no
separate cycle lanes.”
EU Transport Committee calls for 20mph speed limits for
||20’s Plenty for Us welcomes the call by
the EU Committee on Transport and Tourism for 30km/h (20mph) speed
limits in all residential areas.
Department for Transport enables easier and cheaper
town-wide 20mph limits
||20’s Plenty for Us welcomes the
announcement by DfT that it has responded to increasing calls from
communities for 20mph speed limits by relaxing the requirements for
20mph speed limit signage
71% of adults want residential speed limits of 20 mph in
the 2010 British Social Attitudes Survey.
|Slower residential speed limits are a
popular way to improve safety and quality of life.
20mph Limits are Key to Healthy Transport
||New research entitled “Health on the Move
2” evidences why 20 mph limits in residential areas are key to improving
the health impacts of local transport
The Speed Illusion - Children don't reliably see cars
going over 20mph!
||Research has proven that children cannot
accurately judge the speed of vehicles above 20 mph. Scientists aimed
to discover why children are overrepresented as road casualties.
Research found that vehicles travelling faster loom less than slower
vehicles. This creates a dangerous illusion in which faster vehicles may
be perceived as not approaching. 20 mph speed limits can help protect
children from making risky road crossing choices.
20mph Limits Recommended by NICE
||NICE, the National Institute for Health
and Clinical Excellence’s report “Preventing unintentional injuries
among under-15s” recommends 20 mph limits where children and young
people are likely to be.
20mph Limits Recommended by North West’s Directors of
||The North West Regional Directors of
Public Health have just published research entitled "Road traffic
collisions and casualties in the North West". 140 killed or seriously
injured child casualties could have been prevented per year between 2004
- 2008 if residential 20 mph speed zones had been introduced across the
region. It strongly recommends that wide-area 20 mph limits for
residential streets (without traffic calming) be included in all Highway
Authority’s Local Transport Plans before 30 March.
20's Plenty says Prof Danny Dorling at PACTS lecture
||20 mph speeds reduce preventable deaths
and health inequality said Professor Danny Dorling of the University of
Sheffield at the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety’s
(PACTS) Westminster Lecture.
Primary age children cannot accurately see vehicles going
||Research on vision has found that primary
age children cannot accurately see, or judge the speed of, vehicles
travelling above 20 mph. This is strong evidence that 20 mph limits
where people live are needed to protect children from road danger caused
by age-related inability to correctly register faster traffic.
Perceptions and Realities of Child Safety Risk
||The PACTS Perceptions and Realities
report (Sept 2010) is a closer look at the risks which children and
young people face in Britain today and what can be done to reduce them.
20's Plenty for Warrington and New York
||The campaign for more appropriate speed
limits on residential roads took an international turn this week with
the publication of a video made by Streetfilms of New York on
Warrington’s 20’s Plenty for Us voluntary organisation.
New Campaign Manager
||Anna Semlyen joins 20’s Plenty for Us as
new Campaign Manager supporting 20mph speed limits
20’s Plenty For us welcomes government moves towards
making 20mph the default speed limit for urban and residential roads.
20’s Plenty For Us welcomes expected 20’s Plenty For UK
||….but notes “knee-jerk” reaction from
some of the motoring lobby.
York to implement 20 mph without calming in Fishergate as
a pilot for city-wide scheme.
||Fishergate residents were recently
consulted on 20mph speed limits on 7 streets. A clear majority of 70.5%
voted for 20mph speed limit for Grange St, Grange Garth, Rosedale St,
Levisham St, Hartoft St, Farndale St and Lastingham Terrace. There was a
49% response rate. 25.9% voted No and 3.6% said they didn't know.
|20’s Plenty For Us welcomes Transport
Committee support for increased use of 20 mph limits
||The latest Road Safety Report from the
House of Commons Transport Committee calls for “Ending the Scandal of
Complacency” associated with road casualties.
20’s Plenty For Us now reaches ¾ million residents.
||20’s Plenty For Us has ¾ million
residents in Portsmouth, Oxford, Norwich and now Leicester who have
opted for 20 mph as the default limit for residential streets.
20’s Plenty For Us is co-hosting the Streets Ahead
Conference on 15th November in Warrington
||The campaign for 20 mph for residential
streets is gaining momentum across the country. 20’s Plenty For Us will
be bringing pedestrian and cycling campaigners together for a national
conference to look at shared campaign objectives.
20’s Plenty For Us launches “20’s Plenty by 2010”
campaign with day of action on 20th October.
||20’s Plenty For Us launches a major
campaign for all towns and cities to set 20 mph as the default speed
limit for residential roads by 2010.
20's Plenty For Us submits evidence to Transport
||20’s Plenty For Us calls for a major
re-think of road safety strategy to take into account the needs of
vulnerable road users in its evidence to the Transport Committee.
Government support for 20 mph welcomed but flawed
||20’s Plenty For Us welcomes the recent
commitment from the Road Safety Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick to reducing
road deaths and increasing safety through the increased use of 20 mph
speed limits. However
the charity considers that the pronouncements demonstrate muddled
thinking about the way 20 mph speed limits and zones work and are
unlikely to create a universal and practical answer to Britain’s road
deaths which are skewed towards the vulnerable road users.
Norwich - Another City chooses 20 mph for residential
||Norwich could be the next city to
implement 20 mph as a blanket speed limit on all residential roads.
Earlier this week councillors from all four political parties backed
the blanket speed limit as one of the council’s key aims for 2008/9.
AA spreads misleading information on 20 mph and CO2
||The recently publicised report from the
AA claiming that 20 mph speed limits increases pollution is laughable
for both it shallow basis for testing and its failing to understand the
wider environmental reasons for, and benefits of lower speeds.
20's Plenty For Us welcomes London's proposed 20 mph
||Yesterday’s announcement from Transport
for London that London borough councils will be able to implement 20mph
as a blanket speed limit across complete boroughs was welcomed by 20’s
Plenty For Us.