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  • General Assembly of UN say 20's Plenty as urban/village default

    For the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety the UN has endorsed setting 30km/h (20mph) maximum speed limits wherever pedestrians, cyclists or other vulnerable road mix with motors.

  • Welsh Parliament says 20's Plenty as national urban default

    In the debate the result was 45 for and only 6 against. Read our press release on the report they voted on and view the Senedd session.

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Already over 20m people live in local authorities in the UK which are adopting or have adopted this policy. This includes Wales where the First Minister has set up a Task Group to implement a 20mph national default for residential roads. This has reported and the initiative gained cross-party support in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament).

In February 2020 Global Ministers mandated 20mph or 30km/h speed limits wherever cyclists or pedestrians mix with motor vehicles with exceptions only where strong evidence exists that higher speeds are safe. This was endorsed in August 2020 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Most importantly, through democratic debate those communities have decided that "20's Plenty Where People Live". And it is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive slower in residential streets and where people walk and cycle.

20's Plenty for Us is a 'not for profit' organisation and now have nearly 500 local campaigns around the country and beyond. Many of our most iconic cities in the UK have already adopted a 20mph limit for most of their streets.

We quite simply campaign for 20mph to become the default speed limit on residential and urban streets. This can be done on most streets without the need for any physical calming and we accept that on some streets it may be appropriate to have a higher limit based on the road, vulnerable road users provision, etc. But any limit above 20mph should be a considered decision based on local circumstances.

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