Alwynne Cartmel of Little Lever initiated the campaign for wide 20mph in Bolton in 2011 with 20’s Plenty for Us. Alan Johnson of the Green Party pushed it ahead with a petition in 2013 with hundreds of signatures. Campaigners got the local press involved and leafletted door to door. Continue reading
Over many years the campaign in Chester has been making the case for 20mph limits for residential and busy streets. Now Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a 20mph policy which is being rolled out. Here, local campaign leader Wyn Holroyd chronicles the progress made. Continue reading
In February 2012 Labour-controlled Manchester unanimously passed a 20mph motion (proposed by a Lib Dem). In March 2012 the Council Executive agreed to investigate funding for 20mph on all C and Unclassified roads. Estimated cost £2.8m (Total 20) or £41m (with calming). In May 2013 the Executive agreed £500,000 from public health funds to improve road safety. Three areas were prioritised for Phase 1 covering 16% of the network. Area 1 – Gorton (Collision Hotspot, Social Deprivation, High Population Density) Area 2 – Miles Platting, Newton Heath, Ancoats and Clayton (Social Deprivation, high degree of community engagement) Area 3 – Hulme, Moss Side and Fallowfield (Maximise benefits of the complementary Bus Priority Scheme on the Oxford Road Corridor) In February 2014 Traffic Regulation Orders published. Strap line 20 is Enough logo with smiley face featured on banners from school railings. Roadpeace, Key 103 Radio and student volunteers engaged - with access to £200 grants. In March 2014 councillors, police, schoolchildren and campaigners gathered at Clayton Park for official launch. In Spring 2016 the Velocity Project funded by Cycle City Ambition Grant created series of Cycle Super Highways, some on main arterials - where speed limit remains 30mph. Most of adjacent network became 20mph. £500,000 pays for implementation - again from Public Health monies. Much of the 20mph rollout has been allied to other transport projects improving public transport or cycling facilities funded by public health budgets. It is uncertain how much of the network is 20 mph (16- 46%). Funding is uncertain and the council "plan traffic surveys before and after the introduction of the limits to monitor results before considering whether to extend it". "Enforcement is targeted at locations where there has been serious or fatal road accidents" said police. The 20mph Champion is currently Cllr Ollie Manco. Key supporters include the Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Kate Chappell and Transport for Greater Manchester Cycling Champion Cllr Chris Paul. Traffic congestion is threatening economic growth. Lower speeds are seen as key element in encouraging modal shift away from car use towards public transport, cycling and walking. In May 2017 electors from ten local authorities will vote for the first Greater Manchester Mayor with police and transport responsibilities. Vincent Walsh, 20's Plenty for Manchester, 20 April 2016
General concern by a number of parents about speeds around the school and a fatality motivated action. More signage, Speedwatch and traffic calming were initial options. Amy Burbidge knew of 20s Plenty and suggested that 20mph throughout Buckden would be both cheaper and faster to deliver. Support from Villagers was galvanised quickly with a petition which grew to 700+ names. Advances came from a team of willing helpers (including Rick Screaton, who plans military campaigns as a career!) who focused on lobbying the, initially reluctant, Parish Council. Consistent, helpful support was received from the County Councillor, MP, local businesses, school, nurseries and GP Surgery. The Village Summer Festival was great for gaining interest with 20s Plenty games and 20mph roundel biscuit decorating. Twitter and Facebook have raised awareness. A3 bin stickers are displayed prominently through the Village. Yet, most of the support demonstrated was from a traditional paper petition in key village locations and by talking to people. All this helped persuade the Parish Council (plus three 20s Plenty campaigners joining the Council as Councillors!) to vote for 20mph for over third of Buckden. Area-wide limit funds were applied for from Cambridge County Council under the Local Highways Initiative grants for up to 90% funding to be matched by the Parish Council. Amy said “We are perhaps lucky in that Cambridgeshire seems very supportive of area wide 20mph, having done so much in Cambridge city centre so the real challenge was persuading the Parish Council”. The area-wide limit bid was successful, yet the Parish Council is nervous to implement it as their polling shows just under half of respondents don't want to change the status quo. The compromise is a large zone for a third the Village. Scheme design and final costings are for spring/summer with implementation by the end of 2016 for about £5,000. Ongoing monitoring and surveys are planned to use this success as a first phase with the campaign continuing to tackle the rest of Buckden.