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  • 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.

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  • published Bradford City Centre 20mph limits go live in Blog 2019-08-15 14:36:32 +0100

    Bradford City Centre 20mph limits go live

    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.”



  • Leading Charities’ Call for 20mph Default Speed Limit

    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.

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  • published 20's Plenty for the 2020's in Events 2019-07-07 19:36:02 +0100

    20's Plenty for the 2020's - Our 10th Annual Conference

    We are delighted that our 10th annual conference will be hosted by the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The event will be held in the Council Chamber on 31st October 2019 and will cater for up to 150 delegates. Our thanks go to the Borough of Waltham Forest for hosting this conference.

    Our theme of 20's Plenty for the 2020s will aim to project forwards to next decade when we expect a major change in the mix of transport modes on our streets. Some of these will be as a result on pressures on active travel, emissions, vehicle sharing and economic factors . These will be overlaid with new technologies such as e-bikes, e-scooters, speed limiters, vehicle automation and speed enforcement. And what of the goal of Vision Zero for deaths and serious injuries on our roads?

    Rather than discuss incremental changes which anticipate current requirements to make our urban and village environment more liveable we want to project forwards to address the trends of the next 5-10 years and see how lower vehicle speeds and limits fit into  that expected world.  We can see some of these trends in other places, such as the surge in e-bikes which extend commuting active travel and the proliferation of e-scooters. And some, such as speed limiters, are already mandated for the future.

    Key questions we will be asking are :-

    • What modal mix do we expect in 5-10 years?
    • Will e-scooters and e-bikes extend commuting and active travel options?
    • What will be the impact of new technologies?
    • How will speed limiters effect compliance and also criminal/civil liability in the event of a crash?
    • What special aspects need to be considered for "Super-cities" like London?
    • Will subsidised or even free public transport transform commuting options?
    • Will automated vehicles change our traditional model of private car use towards mobility as a service?
    • How can we best deliver zero road deaths and serious injuries?
    • How do we set the right speed limits for all these changed and developed interactions between people, vulnerable road users and road machines?

    We are delighted at the presenters who have so far agreed to speak at the conference. These include :-


    Ms Deborah Sims Senior Vice President Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

    From an international perspective :-

    Mr Matthew Baldwin Deputy Director-General - Mobility and Transport European Commission
    Mr Jonathan Passmore Programme Manager - Violence and Injury Prevention World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe
    Ms Dovile Adminaite  PIN Programme Manager European Transport Safety Council

    From a national perspective:-

    Mr  Lee Waters AM Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

    Welsh Government in a recorded interview on the proposed 20mph national default for residential streets

    Mr Christopher Martin Co-Founder and Directors of Urban Strategy

    Urban Movement Ltd

    From a London Perspective

    DS Andrew Cox Roads and Transport Policing Command Metropolitan Police
    Mr Stuart Reid Interim Director Vision Zero Transport for London
    Cllr Clyde Loakes Deputy Leader London Borough of Waltham Forest
    Cllr Tim Mitchell Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management Westminster City Council
    Cllr Alex Ehmann Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport London Borough of Richmond

    From an academic perspective:-

    Dr Paul Pilkington Senior Lecturer in Public Health University of the West of England


    Rod King MBE Founder and Campaign Director 20's Plenty for Us
    Phil Jones Director Phil Jones Associates
    Amanda Russell Campaign Leader 20's Plenty for Faversham

    We will post further information on the conference agenda and new speakers as it becomes available. Timing will be 10am to 4pm but may be subject to change.

    Prices will be :-

    Public sector delegates £125+VAT
    Private sector delegates £175+VAT
    Each additional delegate(s) £75+VAT
    Volunteers, campaigners and charities £75+VAT

    Download the agenda and advert

    To get a 20% discount on these prices, book your place by 18th September using promocode 20sPlentyEBD

    Bookings may be made via the Landor website


    October 31, 2019 at 10am
    Waltham Forest Town Hall
    Forest Road
    London E17 4JF
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  • Lacking National Vision: Scottish Parliament 20mph Vote

    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!

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  • NOISE AND SPEED - A guest Blog from UK Noise Association

    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.

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  • TfL Consulting on 20mph Limits for Central London

    Transport for London’s (TfL) current consultation on 20mph limits[1] 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.  


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  • commented on Reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph typically results in more than 20% fewer casualties 2019-06-10 11:34:55 +0100
    Well 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.

  • commented on Speed Limiters Mandatory for New Cars: 20mph Self Enforced 2019-06-04 17:15:44 +0100
    Hi John. We think £1,000 to £2,000.

  • commented on Institute of Welsh Affairs calls for national 20mph urban default 2019-05-13 07:35:22 +0100
    Thank you Pascal

    Its always interesting to hear from any “faster is safer” proponents.

    The knowledge that being hit by a bus at 20mph is life threatening was not news to us. As a pedestrian I have never felt that a 20mph vehicle was an equal match for a human body in a crash. Neither have I found any others sharing that view.

    You comment on 3am in the morning surely applies to any speed limit.

    Have a good day.

  • Scottish leaders should prioritise local streets

    20mph Scotland Poll 72% Support. Policy costs 0.75% of transport budget for 2 years. Leaders should prioritise local streets.

    Public opinion is for 20mph - 72% and rising. Scotland’s elected leader– Nicola Sturgeon should back a national change to 20mph. The cost is £10m for 2 years – only 0.75% of the total transport budget. Reducing road danger is like seatbelt and smoking ban laws. On 20mph we need leaders who will lead and make national changes!

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  • commented on Local Transport Today Letter 2019-01-20 20:24:45 +0000
    Thank you for your comment Mr Taylor. Actually our name is “20’s Plenty for Us”, rather than “Twenty’s Plenty”. We were pleased that BBC Three Counties Radio interviewed us without the distraction of Mr Bladon. Generally speaking I think that regarding “walking the walk” we seem to be doing rather better than Mr Bladon. And with over half of the largest urban authorities and most of Inner London authorities agreeing that 20 is plenty where people walk then maybe we have more understanding of how to “walk the walk” than the small group of drivers who comprise the ABD.

  • commented on 30mph is Unjust and Unjustified: Choose 20mph 2019-01-13 18:48:46 +0000
    Dear Mr Taylor

    Thank you for your comments and interest in 20mph limits. For the record, I was not referencing any social media, simply the results of a Google search.

    I see plenty of faces that are quite pleased with bus lanes. They are the people in buses, the people cycling in them and also the many drivers who recognise that a bus full of people is actually a bus full of people that are not driving on the roads and causing congestion.

    I have been driving for over 50 years much of it self employed or running a business. I have never felt that the road network posed any sort of problem. Of course there is some congestion caused by over-use and over-reliance on motorised transport.

    It is interesting that you think 20mph is useful outside schools. I wonder how you expect children to reach “outside schools”? Do they not have to walk from their house to the school? Or would you prefer them to be driven and so add to the traffic that seems to be everyone else but yourself.

    There is no evidence that “95% of drivers ignore them”. If you have a source for your claim please provide it. And also for the statement that “police cannot enforce them”. They do elsewhere. Try

  • published How to Talk to People Who Speed in Briefing Sheets 2018-12-22 19:07:04 +0000

    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.

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  • commented on How the DfT report enables Local Authorities to implement Wide Area 20mph Limits 2018-12-12 15:00:21 +0000
    Actually, compliance isn’t so low. The DfT report says that in 20mph limits most people (70% residential, 85% city) travel at speed less than the enforcement threshold of 25mph. And that using TomTom data which is very biased. But like any speed limit enforcement is a key factor in compliance. So why not make it better.

    And, of course, the whole idea of a speed limit decided by the community is that it sets a community led maximum speed rather than an individual deciding what are “the right places at the relevant times”. And the report shows that wherever 20mph limits are implemented then support increases.

  • DfT 20mph Evaluation - Reviewed by 20's Plenty

    20’s Plenty for Us welcomes the publication of the long-awaited DfT Evaluation of 20mph limits. It confirms the public support and acceptance of 20mph limits but has failed to meet the original DfT objectives or provide increased evidence on how to make our streets safer.

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  • published Do you TomTom? in Blog 2018-12-07 06:37:20 +0000

    Do you TomTom?

    ...or why unrepresentative data is not reliable.

    If you don't have a TomTom device in your vehicle then you may be surprised that if you live in one of the places recently researched by Atkins for the their Evaluation of 20mph limits then it doesn't matter how much you keep within the speed limit your considerate driving was completely ignored. And you wouldn't be alone. The report estimated that the actual number of drivers who were also ignored were in the 97% of vehicles who's speed they never measured.

    Atkins and DfT decided that in order to gather information on vehicle speeds in 20mph streets in 12 case study 20mph areas and compare them with 3 other 30mph areas then they would use data captured from high end TomTom SatNavs or vehicles with in-built TomTom in-car devices. This is termed Floating Car Data (FCD).

    You may therefore wonder just how accurate and representative their statistics and research were if it only included 3% of vehicles. We did as well, so we did some of our own research.


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  • Government publishes 20mph evaluation report

    Today the government published its long awaited report evaluating 20mph limit implementations. We welcome the report. It has been a long time coming since 2014 when it was commissioned.

    And in that time there have been nearly half a million casualties on streets with a 30mph limit.

    The report only evaluated a small number of case studies which in themselves only covered part of an authority. There are some useful indicators in the report, particularly around the negative aspects of police failing to routinely enforce 20mph limits and the need for national engagement and awareness on the benefits of reducing speeds below 30mph in residential and other roads.

    However, we have major reservations about the primary data used in the report around speed reductions and the complete failure of the study to look at sufficient casualty figures to be able to draw any conclusions that would be statistically credible. These were key reasons for the commissioning of the report and we are amazed at the choice of data measured which appears to be based on measuring what is available rather than what is meaningful. 

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