At 20mph, EVERYBODY benefits...
Fewer casualties: Road safety statistics show that 20% of pedestrians hit by a car travelling at 30mph will die, whereas only 3% hit by a car travelling at 20mph will die. A 1mph reduction in speed reduces road casualties by an average of 6%. This is based on data measured in Portsmouth, which had 22% fewer casualties after 20mph limits had been in place for two years.
More walking & cycling, less traffic congestion: In Bristol, introducing 20mph limits resulted in walking trips increasing by 20%, whilst Edinburgh saw an increase in cycling and walking and fewer car journeys.
Good for the environment: Driving at 20mph can produce fewer emissions and help to make traffic flow more smoothly.
Good for local businesses: An environment that encourages more walking and cycling will attract more tourists and more shoppers.
Cost effective: 20mph limits pay for themselves within 12 months because of the reduction in casualties.
Limited impact on drivers: Reducing your speed by 1mph would slow a journey across town by only 15 seconds. But with congestion as it is, there probably won’t be any increase in your journey time with 20mph limits.
Fact sheets and briefings are available on a wide range of topics connected with 20mph limits on the national website here.
You can contact us at the following email address: [email protected]
You can sign our petition here.