So you want... children to go out

Children used to roam further than now. There’s COVID yes, but they still need go places alone. Traffic fear is key.  Wide 20mph limits enable kids to get out - to relatives, friends, parks, shops, play, walk, scoot and cycle.  Confident, sociable, independent, healthy, active travel habits form on safer streets. Obesity, anxiety and loneliness reduce.  Families lead better lives. They say “it takes a village to raise a child” – and that’s so much better with a 20mph limit. Continue reading

20mph County Campaigning Options

Organising a 20mph campaign at county council level has many advantages. Our new email a decision maker facility will  work best when communities across an authority work together. There’s power in numbers and especially in focussing on updating policy rather than competing to be a 20mph exception in an otherwise 30mph county. Continue reading

20mph/30kmh Global News Progress - June 2020

UK and global progress in adopting 20mph limits is evident in transport recovery responses to social distancing pressures. Politicians are increasingly aware of the scarcity of space to move safely. Slower roads help keep people apart as business reopens. Continue reading

So you want... to uphold values in sharing roads

Our moral compass and true direction is set by our values. An urban/village 20mph default limit aligns with what’s truly valuable – assisting the reduction of COVID-19 infection rates, lower emissions, fairness, social justice, protecting the vulnerable, health equality, child development and independence for the elderly and disabled. A national 20mph limit is a smart way to promote key, universally agreed aspirations for a better society long term, especially now road space is scarce. Continue reading

So You Want …To Persuade Councillors?

Elected county or city councillors (in Unitary Local Authorities) have powers to set speed limits. Not MPs, district or parish councillors. Campaign targets are mainly the top (cabinet level) councillors. They have budget control/money. Officers eg highways employees do not set or update policy. Aim to update policy through councillors. Continue reading

No, 20mph limits won’t solve the Covid-19 Crisis…but

The current Covid-19 Crisis is of major concern and governments are looking at ways to protect their population and reduce the number of deaths from this new threat. We are not advocating 20mph limits as a cure, but we believe there is good evidence of how communities already implementing strong 20mph and 30km/h policies can better protect the public in such a crisis. Continue reading

20’s Plenty News March 2020

We know corona virus has made face to face activism hard. Yet the need to reduce speeds still exits. Tactics will evolve.  There’s plenty of good news on places respecting road users by going 20mph. Continue reading

So You Want …Sustainable Transport?

Is increasing sustainable transport, like dieting,  as simple as asking individuals to drive less and exercise more?  No! Travel structures and societal norms don’t fully support the healthier choices as we’re afraid of injuries and dirty air. Politicians must prioritise road safety to nudge people’s travel choices. 30kph/20mph limits are foundational for mode shift from private car use to feet, cycles and public transport. Continue reading

20’s Plenty News Feb 2020

UK Places - Glasgow unanimously voted for a Total 20 policy for almost 600,000 residents. £4.35M will make the vast majority of its network 20mph. Birmingham is raising the proportion of its roads that are 20mph to 90%. Kingston upon Thames is consulting on wide area 20mph. Leeds announced almost every inner-city road will go 20mph. London’s TfL will make every road it controls (the Red Routes) inside the Congestion Charge 20mph by May 2020. We await consultation results from the City of Westminster for every road they manage to go 20mph. Continue reading

County-Wide Campaigning

County-wide campaigns are when 20’s Plenty branches across a highway authority area jointly call for 20mph limits.  Rather than compete for funds, campaigns work together for the policy commitment to giving all built up areas wide 20mph limits.  Unity is powerful and it’s the most cost-effective policy. Continue reading

So You Want....Place-Making

Placemaking is a people-centred approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. A 20mph or 30kmh limit is a key element in making your place a better, more enticing place for people to be. It draws people to linger in a more attractive, vibrant, healthy and successful location. Continue reading

So You Want …Traffic Reduction?

20mph reduces the power imbalance between road users so some drivers can choose to drive less far or less often.  It also smooths traffic flow. Independent travel by the young and vulnerable groups rises too. Continue reading

20mph is Key to Vision Zero. No Fatal or Serious Injuries

Vision Zero adopts a safe systems approach and commitment to injury prevention. Slower speeds and 20mph (30km/h) limits are key. Transport for London are setting a 20mph limit on all its roads inside the Congestion Charging Zone. Cambridge, Massachusetts is reducing city limits from 25mph to 20mph. San Francisco is adopting city-wide 20mph. Continue reading

Costs of Separated Cycle Infrastructure Are Mostly Due to Allowing 30mph Driving – 20mph is Plenty

20’s Plenty for Us campaign for community-wide 20mph limits and separated, high quality infrastructure where higher vehicle speeds are justified. Infrastructure costs are due to letting drivers travel at speeds where interactions between cyclist and motor vehicles are unsafe.  The cost of infrastructure is largely the cost of driving at speed and are not costs of cycling and walking. Continue reading

How to Persuade Your Council to Update its 20mph Policy

If your council’s policy doesn’t yet support wide area 20mph signed limits, then an update to align it with public health best practice is needed. How? Tactics include calling for a best practice update to the Cabinet Member for Transport, Leader, Director of Public Health, scrutiny or in manifestos. Continue reading

20’s Friendly and Builds Community

A connected, friendly society flourishes in places where it feels safe to chat or play. People, especially families and elderly, connect outside more easily by slowing down traffic or diverting it away.  20mph is a friendly limit - it raises liveability and quality of life. It’s key to healthy streets. 30mph is isolating. Continue reading

Replies to Scottish Government Rhetoric On 20mph Limits

The Scottish Government are questioning a 20mph default limit. Our response is to ask for clarity. Exactly what is at the heart of the matter with 20mph? Evidence, political will, siding with the motoring lobby or a lack of vision? Continue reading

New Councillors, Changed Party Control & Opportunities for 20mph

Newly elected Councillors, especially where there are changes in which political party has control are key lobbying targets. It’s wonderful if their manifesto had slower speeds.  Even if it didn’t, congratulate them and ask for 20mph to make a positive difference. First requests for help could receive most attention. Get in! Continue reading

20mph Limits Help the Invisibly Disabled Gain Social Equality

Not all disabilities are clearly visible. Drivers simply can’t tell if someone at a roadside has mental health, sight or hearing issues, or limited physical abilities. 20mph limits are the safe speed wherever people mix with motor traffic. 20mph upholds duty of care and rights in the Equalities Act. Continue reading

Women Gain Confidence, Exercise, Time & Freedom From 20mph

Both genders enjoy a better quality of life in wide area 20mph, with women benefiting most. Calmer speeds lead to greater street confidence, freedom from some child escort duties, a greater ability to exercise safely and more time due to less escort duties. Continue reading

How to Talk to People Who Speed

When someone says they speed, it’s important to comment rather than be silent.  How do we tackle this edgy topic?  20’s Plenty aims for social communication, changing norms to civilise built up roads. We say, listen to their story, aim to empathise and then explain how their speeding impacts upon you and society. Continue reading

DfT 20mph Evaluation Conclusions

We consider this report to be a very useful addition to the wealth of information that we have already collated in our briefing sheets. We think it beneficial to both provide a link to the Headline Report and the Detail Report. We are particularly pleased with the  summary of "Lessons and considerations for national and local decision-makers", which very much echoes our own views on the way to implement wide-area schemes which maximise success and provide the foundation for a wide range of societal benefits and other initiatives. Hence we have included the final sections of the Headline Report below. You may also download the MindMap which we presented to Atkins toward the end of the evaluation for comparison. You can also access our Press Release showing our initial response. Continue reading

How local authorities can enforce 20mph limits

Local authorities can, with the approval of their police force, institute public prosecutions of speed limit offenders. Continue reading

Global Consensus That 20mph Is Best Practice

Global health, safety and economic forums say 20’s Plenty (20mph/30kmh) is best practice including WHO, the EU, iRAP, Global Network for Road Safety Legislators and the OECD. Continue reading

Reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph typically results in more than 20% fewer casualties

With post implementation results from more and more authorities that have already adopted wide-area 20mph limits, there is clear evidence of the benefits in casualty reduction. Continue reading

TfL LIPs Guidance to London Boroughs – Increased Role for 20mph Limits.

TfL has just released its guidance to the London boroughs for schemes to fund between 2019/20 and 2021/22. 20mph limits play a key role for both TfL and Borough roads. Continue reading

How to Win 20mph Consultations

Is your authority planning to ask resident opinion on 20mph? Could you bring forward the issue or debate by doing your own consultation? Ensure that those who’ll say YES respond by using these tried and tested tactics. Continue reading

Form A County-Wide 20mph Campaign

Persuading County Councillors to agree a 20mph limit policy for the entire County is likely to be more successful than lobbying for each settlement. 20’s Plenty urge campaigners in Counties to work together with a united, powerful voice. Continue reading

Oven-Ready 20mph Scrutiny Scoping Template

Has your Council considered the policy options for built up area speed limits recently? Scrutiny is when back bench Councillors research best practice. It’ll find wide-area 20mph limits can save society millions in injuries, physical activity levels and air pollution. Here’s an ‘oven ready’ 20mph topic scoping template.  Please do submit it today by email via your council’s democratic services. Continue reading

How Public Health Professionals Can Help Win 20mph Limits

Most Public health (PH) professionals see that 20mph limits offer huge population-wide benefits such as reducing the health burden of crashes, chronic diseases, inactivity, stress, pollution, loneliness and inequalities. Public Health can be key players. Continue reading

20's Plenty for London - Nov 17 Update

London is making excellent progress in adopting wide-area 20mph limits across its many boroughs. Already 43% of all Londoners are living on 20mph roads and streets with a 20mph speed limit (3.7 million out of a total population of 8.7 million). In the Inner London boroughs more than three-quarters (76%) of the population is living on 20mph streets and roads (2.3m out of a 3.1m population).     Continue reading

More 20mph Council Myths

Councillors and council officers don’t always tell the truth on 20mph limits. Here we bust some more of the common myths. See also part 1 about A and B roads, current average speeds over 24mph, unsupportive police and collision history. Continue reading

30mph is Unjust and Unjustified: Choose 20mph

There is no justification for 30mph as the national speed limit. 20’s Plenty for Us say far too many people are hurt on 30mph roads. 30mph is unjust and unjustified. 20mph is safer and best practice. It results in 20% fewer casualties – about 21,000 p/a. Continue reading

Islands are Ideal for 20mph limits

Islands are ideal places for slower speeds due to sea boundaries, less through traffic, attracting tourists and cyclists. Also aging and pockets of deprived populations that can hugely benefit from better safety.  20mph limits prevent 20% of casualties[1]. [1] Continue reading

Ensuring That Councillors Make Informed Decisions on 20mph

Councillors are elected people with powers to set road speed limits locally. They are busy and do not have expertise on transport, public health or duty of care, so often take officer advice.  Ensuring they make informed decisions is key.  Activists can aim to feed Councillors ‘oven ready’, easy to digest, evidence of popular support for 20mph. Bullet point facts and myth busting by email and phone before the vote is how to ensure a YES!    Continue reading

Set Up a #SlowDown Photo Opportunity for UN Global Road Safety Week 8-14 May

Images and photos matter to slower speeds activism. Thinking about, and setting up, a photo opportunity is a key part of doing a successful #SlowDown day and press release to ask for, or celebrate, slower speeds in the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week. 8-14 May 2017. The theme is Save Lives: #SlowDown Continue reading

Costs and benefits for 3 options for implementing 20mph limits in Scotland

Summary of Costs and Benefits of 3 Options for Scottish Road Speeds – The Impact of the 20mph National Default Limit We give our best estimates of the options for rolling out 20mph limits across Scotland. The country will have the benefit of learning from the success of other country 20mph/30kmh implementations, especially England where 25% of the population lives in local authorities who are or have already implemented 20mph limits for most roads. But Scotland can follow the "English" way by implementing authority by authority subject to local political support and funding, or take a more radical and cost effective route by making a national plan for country-wide implementation. This allows the avoidance of the need for repeater signs on 20mph roads and simplifies the whole implementation process. Local authorities will still be able to nominate roads which will remain at 30mph as exceptions. Here we present our best estimates of the cost and benefits for each. Transport Scotland will be well placed with its access to street and road detail to produce a more accurate costing and we would be pleased to work with them on such an exercise. Continue reading

20mph Signage Regulation Changes

Signing 20mph speed limits has become easier and dramatically cheaper. Repeater signs are now optional. Half the terminal (start/end of limit) signs are required. A minimally signed scheme stipulates 70% fewer capital items. Total costs fall by 40%. Cost per head falls from £2.50 to £1.50 Continue reading

Casualty and Physical Inactivity Costs

DfT have a calculation which assesses the costs of fatal, serious and non-serious casualties. We have linked the 2015 casualty stats for each local authority to this formula so that you can see the cost for your area.Public Health England also make an assessment of the costs of physical inactivity. Based on your authority's population we can show this for your area. We have also shown an approximate one-off cost of implementing 20mph limits across the authority based on the typical £3 per head of population. This is then shown as a percentage of the total annual casualty and physical inactivity costs. Whilst it is accepted that this is an approximation and may vary according the distribution of population it does show that put against the annual casualties and physical inactivity costs, the one-off cost of 20mph limits is minimal and typically less than 1%. These calculations are available in a spreadsheet which you can download here. Once downloaded then after "allowing editing" simply select the blue cell and then use the drop-down box to select your authority.  

A Bike’s Not Just for Christmas. Give A 20mph Limit Too!

Many thousands of young people will get a bike this Christmas. Depending on age, a bike represents an amazing gift of independent mobility - freedom to roam. But, will they be allowed?  What about giving us all 20mph limits so that getting about is safer at any age? This power is in the gift of local councillors. Ask your Councillors for 20mph today Continue reading

20mph Limit Compliance & Enforcement

In areas where the council has adopted wide-area 20mph limit the ideal is for drivers to see how voluntary compliance is best for all. A new social norm develops - e.g. drink driving is no longer accepted. Developing a social consensus involves joint working between agencies - Council, public health and police. Driver education, signs, lines, narrowing, telematics, pacer vehicles, speedwatch volunteers, warnings, fixed penalty notices, cameras, speed awareness courses and court summons all amplify and reinforce compliance. Humps add to pollution and so are a last resort. Continue reading

How to set up a 20mph campaign

20’s Plenty for Us helps volunteers to persuade elected Councillors to agree to 20mph limits. We recruit and assist people to be effective local activists for 20mph limit signs and education. Anyone can use our resources and advice to make lobbying easier. 20’s Plenty for Us is the leading UK campaign for 20mph. We are FREE to join. Contact us today to help you get civilised speeds. Continue reading

20mph cuts air and noise pollution to prevent blighted lives

20mph limits massively cut toxic diesel emissions. 40,000 die early pa[1] from outdoor fumes – 23 times more than in crashes[2]. 20mph is equivalent to taking over half the petrol cars off the road. Traffic noise also blights lives. 20mph halves perceived noise compared to 30mph. We can’t see pollution, yet it affects our physical and mental health. Demand 20mph today! Photo: BLF [1] Every breath we take [2] 1730 fatalities 2015 Continue reading

Get and Win a 20mph Limit Council Motion

25% of the UK population live in local authorities where 20mph is normal for most urban and village roads.  Start with a survey, petition or gaining support from councillors or election candidates in manifestos. Speak direct to Councillors and the Director of Public Health. Public meetings are another route. Request that 20mph appears as a motion on Council agendas. Then lobby Councillors to promise their support.   Open PDF Continue reading

20's Plenty for London Update - Sep 16

We are delighted at the progress on implementing borough-wide 20mph limits in London. Our September update shows how London is well on its way to becoming a 20mph city. Continue reading

How you can help

Three quarters say 20mph is the right speed limit for most streets. It is best practice where there are pedestrians and cyclists such as home streets, town centres, shopping areas and where people work or go to school.  You can request 20mph signs. Continue reading

Welsh National Default 20mph - 8 times cheaper than town by town

The Welsh Government can lead on a 20mph default for built up roads. Default 20mph is eight times cheaper than each Local Authority signing 20mph where people and motor traffic mix.  LA’s funding each locality is £9.5-£10.7m more than a national default. We urge Ministers to choose road danger reduction at source for all and choose default 20mph. The approx. £2m cost is only 0.3% of the Welsh trunk road capital budget.  Continue reading

20mph Makes Streets Fit for Walking and Cycling

Is our built environment part of the problem of us moving our bodies less and can it also be a solution? A recent report from Public Health England clearly cites the need to make changes to enhance active travel. 20mph limits can help our public realm be better for more people to walk and cycle regularly. The rationale is simple - provide safer spaces and people will use them.  Continue reading

National 20mph limit for Scotland is 8 times cheaper than authority by authority

The Scottish Government can lead on a 20mph default for built up roads. Default 20mph is eight times cheaper than each Local Authority signing 20mph where people and motor traffic mix.  LA’s funding each locality is £13.5-£15m more than a national default. We urge Ministers to choose road danger reduction at source for all and choose default 20mph. The £2m cost is only 0.3% of Scotland’s trunk road capital budget.  Continue reading

How authority-wide 20’s Plenty beats isolated physically calmed zones in value for money and cost effectiveness

For some it could seem counterintuitive to applaud a network-wide 1-2mph speed reduction. However, wide 20mph limits are highly cost effective. What seems, at first, like a small reduction in speeds benefits society at large. Shared gains add up. Wide 20mph limits are efficient, affordable, cost-effective, fair, understandable, rapid to install and healthy. Continue reading