We critique a recent report on 20mph areas by Bath and North East Somerset Council

In May 2017 N & NES Council released a report on their recent 20mph area schemes. Whilst we believe that assessing the results of 20mph limits is important in order to better implement ongoing schemes and formulate local authority policy, this must be done in a reasonable, balanced and objective manner. 20’s Plenty for Us refute the findings and conclusions in the report and advise members that the report is so compromised that it would not be reasonable for them to make any decisions based on the report. This critique looks at the report in detail. In particular it finds the report biased, lacking in statistical rigour and not meeting several local authority duties on competency and equality. 20’s Plenty for Us would be pleased to engage with Bath & North East Council to further discuss the report and propose how a better review and assessment of the 20mph areas may be conducted. This critique should be read alongside the BANES report which may be found at :- https://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/documents/s46582/20mph%20Zones%20Review%20Report.pdf   Continue reading

Lessons to learn from Manchester

In a recent analysis of its 20mph roll-out Manchester City Council have decided to review it plans because pedestrian and cycle casualty reduction in the first Phase implemented in 2012 have not matched the %age reduction in all the roads across the city. They are continuing their roll-out of Phase 2 but may use some of the allocated funding for Phase 3 on alternative road treatments. Some of the media and 20mph opponents have used this as "proof" that 20mph limits "don't work" and are calling for other cities to "learn from Manchester" and change their 20mph plans. At 20's Plenty we take the view that all evidence is useful evidence but needs to be put into context to understand how relevant it is. In the case of the statistics quoted by Manchester there is considerable doubt as to whether they can tell us anything positive or negative, but may point to things which Manchester needs to do better in its 20mph roll out. We list the main flaws and what may be learnt from them. Continue reading

Wiltshire Council misinforms public on 20mph zones outside schools

People in Wiltshire could think that their council is being progressive by its plans to allow schools to request a 20mph zone outside their school. Whilst in its press release it says :- "We want to balance the needs of local people with the need to ensure children can travel to and from school safely, and I think this is a great way to do that" and in its web news release actually shows a picture of a mandatory 20mph zone (you can tell its mandatory because it uses a red circle) but what we have confirmed with them is that it is actually only offering is an advisory temporary  limit which any driver with knowledge of the highway code knows is not mandatory. In fact the actual speed limit on the road remains at 30mph. We call upon Wiltshire council to stop misinforming its parents and children about its intentions and what they can request. Continue reading

20mph and its role in London's Vision Zero Plans

London is developing its Vision Zero Plan to reduce casualties on London roads. Here is our view on how 20mph limits fit into those plans. Continue reading

A Call for Safety Camera Enforcement of 20mph limits

Blog -  by Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty for Us National Campaign Manager,  MSc Health Economics @AnnaSemlyen1 anna.s@20splenty.org Continue reading

20's Plenty responds to DfT Cycling and Walking Consultation

Our view is that the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will fail in its aim to create a walking and cycling nation. Our response follows :-   Continue reading

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy needs Vision

Last night I attended the DfT Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy briefing in Manchester. This is part of their consultation process on their "ambition" for walking and cycling in England. See https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy I came away underwhelmed at what they called a "strategy to create a walking and cycling nation". Whilst there was a collection of funds and packages that will support the encouragement of walking and cycling in some places and in some ways, there was no symbolic national gesture that the government really meant to create a "walking and cycling nation". Those who are supporters of walking and cycling should respond to this consultation and make it very clear that the policy strategy lacks ambition and unless radically changed will make little difference to the promotion and development of walking and cycling in England. Continue reading

One year zone 30 in Ghent city center: rate drops and fewer accidents

We noticed this report on the success of the new Zone 30 in the Belgian city of Ghent. It may be viewed here but the English translation of the web page follows. Continue reading

Why is Welsh Government referencing obsolete 1993 guidance on 20mph limits

We note that the Welsh Government has recently issued a document for local authorities “Local air quality management interim policy guidance for Wales”[i]. We are pleased that it is only “interim” and only “guidance” because where it advises authorities on the subject of speed limits and air quality it has failed to take into account so much of the changes that have been taking place in the 21st century on the setting of speed limits in other parts of the UK. [i] http://gov.wales/docs/desh/publications/160303-policy-guidance-en.pdf Continue reading

Ready for 20 Presentation

At the 7th annual 20mph Places conference in Guildhall, City of London, after a warm welcome from Cllr Michael Welbank MBE, I made my presentation on how 20's Plenty/Love 30 is a developing standard for streets. Here is the text of that presentation. Continue reading