Rod King commented on The Climate Emergency – 20mph Reduces Emissions, helps traffic reduction and reduces oil dependency. 2020-01-17 15:52:52 +0000Hi Christine. We don’t advocate speed bumps. It seems rather a course way to communicate with drivers. We prefer “hearts and minds” rather than “buttocks and spines”. But the load on suspensions from speed bumps is actually proportional to the speed someone drives over them. So maybe just driving over them at their design speed is preferable to testing out the suspension unnecessarily.
Rod King published 20mph/30kmh limits to be mandated by Global Ministers in Press Releases 2019-12-23 15:21:20 +0000
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.Read more
Rod King commented on 20mph is Key to Vision Zero. No Fatal or Serious Injuries 2019-11-22 09:57:44 +0000Note that a commitment to Vision Zero has been included in election manifestos from the Green and Labour Parties :-
Green Party :-
“Civilise our streets by making Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (in which rat-running is blocked) the norm for residential areas and making 20 miles per hour the default speed limit.”
Page 17 of the Green Party Manifesto. https://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/Elections/Green%20Party%20Manifesto%202019.pdf
Labour Party :-
“We will adopt an ambitious Vision Zero approach to UK road safety, striving for zero deaths and serious injuries. Labour will invest to make our neglected local roads, pavements and cycleways safer for the everyday journeys of both drivers and vulnerable road users.
Page 21 of Labour Party Manifesto
Rod King published 20’s Plenty for Chester and Richmond Groups Win 20mph Campaign Awards in Press Releases 2019-10-29 16:31:40 +0000
20’s Plenty for Chester and Richmond groups have both won National 20’s Plenty Campaign Awards for 2019. Each did exceptional voluntary work with perseverance and success.Read more
Rod King commented on Costs of Separated Cycle Infrastructure Are Mostly Due to Allowing 30mph Driving – 20mph is Plenty 2019-09-23 21:55:10 +0100Ian
We have no objections to segregated, protected cycle paths. Please continue to campaign for them.
Rod King published How to Persuade Your Council to Update its 20mph Policy in Briefing Sheets 2019-09-13 18:43:21 +0100
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.Read more
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.Read more
This is the email sent by our campaigner Rita Antonelli in Ashtead, Surrey to a local councillor. We think it shows an excellent example of the work done by our campaigners across the country.Read more
Thanks to Rita for allowing us to use her email.
Rod King published There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children in Blog 2019-08-30 08:46:42 +0100
I was asked to write a blog for BRAKE's 2019 Road Safety Week. I started with what I think is an inspiring and very relevant quote from Nelson Mandela :-
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
And that must be the question we ask of politicians. Who do they treat better: The child who wants to walk or cycle to their school or the adult who wants to drive to work?Read more
Rod King published Attend A Future-Focused 20mph Conference: 31 October 2019 Waltham Forest - 20’s Plenty for the 2020’s in Press Releases 2019-08-18 16:04:27 +0100
Attend A Future-Focused 20mph Conference: 31 October 2019 Waltham Forest - 20’s Plenty for the 2020’s
20mph limits are spreading. 21M people in the UK live where wide area 20mph is agreed. Experts will gather on 31st October in Waltham Forest Town Hall, London to consider the future of built up area mobility and how 20mph limits affect accessibility, risk and sustainability. Come and learn about, and contribute to, positive change.Read more
Today we were asked by Bradford Council to a provide a supporting statement to their press release.
This is what we suggested :-
“20mph limits are the global standard where pedestrians and cyclists mix with motor vehicles. This is supported by the World Health Organisation, OECD, and many global and national NGOs. In many countries, 30km/h (18.5mph) limits are standard across cities, towns and villages. Already 21m people in the UK live in authorities that have already set or are setting 20mph for most residential and city centre streets. 20mph becomes the norm rather than the exception. This delivers across a wide range of city aspirations including reducing road danger, enabling active mobility, child mobility , elderly mobility and reducing emissions and car-dependency.
It is good to see Bradford Council adopting 20mph limits, and we would urge it to go further and deliver a 20mph street environment as the norm for all its residential roads across the whole district.”
Rod King published Joint Press Release in Leading Charities’ Call for 20mph Default Speed Limit 2019-07-24 08:48:03 +0100
Rod King published Leading Charities’ Call for 20mph Default Speed Limit in Press Releases 2019-07-24 08:47:48 +0100
A group of ten leading transport and active travel charities call on the UK Government to introduce a default 20mph speed limit in England. 20mph limits are the foundation for lower road casualties, getting more people walking and cycling and improving social justice but once again are being largely overlooked by the Department for Transport.
Rod King published 20mphDefaultLetter-RtHonMichaelEllisMP-24Jul19 in Leading Charities’ Call for 20mph Default Speed Limit 2019-07-23 21:40:22 +0100
Rod King published Lacking National Vision: Scottish Parliament 20mph Vote in Press Releases 2019-06-14 06:30:44 +0100
Mark Ruskell’s ground-breaking private members bill to set a 20mph limit for most residential roads today gained support from Scottish Greens and Labour but was vetoed by SNP, Scottish Tories and LibDem SMPs. Responding to this regressive vote, campaigners are renewing urgent calls to set 20mph limits as the standard in Scottish communities!
Rod King published NOISE AND SPEED - A guest Blog from UK Noise Association in Blog 2019-06-12 20:03:51 +0100
Reducing speed limits is the quickest, cheapest and most equitable way of cutting traffic noise. Slower is quieter.
Lower speeds also allow the noise benefits of electric cars to be spread more widely and are foundational for traffic reduction.
Rod King published TfL Consulting on 20mph Limits for Central London in Press Releases 2019-06-12 14:48:48 +0100
Transport for London’s (TfL) current consultation on 20mph limits heralds a concerted bid to reduce speeds across the capital. It includes a range of measures to increase driver compliance. Support the consultation by 10 July.Read more
Rod King commented on Reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph typically results in more than 20% fewer casualties 2019-06-10 11:34:55 +0100Well Martin, you should note that the comparison was made to other areas without 20mph zones over the same period. It was comparing the same pool of cars. In addition, whilst there may have been some changes in brake, ABS, power steering and other technologies these really don’t come into the comparison between a 20mph driver and a 30mph driver. In the distance a 20mph driver can stop, a 30mph driver has only just exited his/her “thinking” time. Hence the brakes have only just been applied.
As well as technology changes noted there has been a large increase in the technological distractions such as satnav, in-car entertainment, mobile phone usage (whether hands-free or not), etc.
Rod King commented on Speed Limiters Mandatory for New Cars: 20mph Self Enforced 2019-06-04 17:15:44 +0100Hi John. We think £1,000 to £2,000.