Founder & Campaign Director, 20's Plenty for Us

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Rod King

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  • commented on Cheshire East Council to spend £1m telling drivers its not mandatory to go slower around schools and on community streets 2016-01-31 14:40:25 +0000

    Thanks for you further comment. WE don’t actually campaign for all urban roads to have a 20mph limit. We campaign that there should be a 20mph default and that any exceptions should be justified. Hence roads which have excellent segregated facilities for walking and cycling, good treatments at intersettions and crossing would not be difficult to justify.

    Of course “the child you see” is not so much a problem. Often it is the “child you don’t see” that gets killed or injured, or at least frightened. And of course children with a fear of the roads end up having no independent mobility.

    I am not aware of any places in the UK where 20mph limits are being used excessivley, but do recognise that some drivers may feel different. Perhaps it is these drivers that are the reasons why those limits are mandatory rather than advisory.

    Advisory 20mph were allowed in Scotland from 2002, but their experience has led Transport Scotland to say that advisory limits should no longer be used and mandatory limits set instead.

  • published Blog 2016-01-07 09:48:37 +0000

  • published 2015 - The Tipping Point Year for 20's Plenty in Blog 2016-01-05 08:10:45 +0000

    2015 - The Tipping Point Year for 20's Plenty

    At this time of the year it is traditional to take stock of achievements and progress in the preceding year. For 20’s Plenty for Us then perhaps 2015 will be seen as the “tipping point” when the whole campaign took on new dimensions and success. It does not mean that in 2015 we achieved our aims of delivering a 20mph limit as the norm for all residential streets in the UK, but was the year when we started to see that that aim was going to be deliverable in the foreseeable future.

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  • published 20mph Council Myth Buster in Briefing Sheets 2015-12-04 15:24:01 +0000

    20mph Council Myth Buster

    Whilst many urban councils have pressed ahead with 20mph limits, some County and, particularly Shire Councils have not always told the truth if reluctant to implement 20mph. We bust the common 20mph myths.

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  • commented on Independent Age 2015-11-27 10:12:31 +0000
    Thank you Bob. A perspective from the Alliance of British Drivers is always useful.

    I am sure that other readers can make up their own minds regarding “progress and dogma”.

  • published France expands 20mph (30km/h) cities in Blog 2015-10-15 09:03:55 +0100

    France expands 20mph (30km/h) cities

    French cities are adopting wide-area 30km/h (20mph) limits with their 30 zones. Here we reproduce a translated page of "Rue de l'Avenir" website who campaign for better a better and more live-able urban environment in France.

    You can view the original page (in French)  here

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  • commented on Take Action 2018-06-17 11:22:53 +0100
    Hi Jane

    I think that you will find the parking charge issue will come and go. But unless people campaign for lower speed limits then it is unlikely that the consensus change about how we drive in the presence of people will ever change. Waiting for some sort of technical solution will take some time and needs that consensus change.

    Across the country and county campaigns are making a difference and making the strong support for lower speed limits visible to councillors so that they can set the correct speed limits. We will contact you to see how we can help further and also link up with other campaigns in the area, including the Kent wide campaign.

    Best wishes


  • commented on Important new wins for 20mph speed limits in London 2015-10-07 21:36:53 +0100

    Thank you for your comment. However, I would suggest that if you drove 14 miles across London, then unless you were taking all residential roads then very little of it would have been on roads with 20mph limits. I would further suggest that your average speed was not due to the speed limit but due to the number of cars on the roads. You will find data on our site which shows that 20mph limits actually reduce emissions from diesel cars.

    The comment about speed bumps increasing emissions is only where people illegally speed between the bumps. It is acceleration which causes most emissions, plus brake and tyre emissions from braking. Hence this is not a factor in the wide-area 20mph limits without speed bumps that we campaign for.

  • commented on Form a campaign 2016-11-13 17:19:52 +0000
    Hi Luke

    We would be pleased to help. I will email you.

    Best regards


  • commented on Massive NOx and PM10 emission reductions from 20mph limits 2015-10-11 11:41:02 +0100
    See the new report from Brake calling on government to cut the red tape on 20mph limit and implement a national 20mph limit.

  • 20mph: A Litmus Test of Public Health Outdoors

    Road injuries hurt an estimated 1% of people a year and its rising. Tackling road risk is key to public health improvement outdoors for all ages. Community-wide 20mph limits confer huge health economic returns in casualties avoided and in active travel exercise gains.  

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  • commented on 20mph Places 2016-01-06 12:22:42 +0000

    We can do that. Note that current DfT guidance states quite clearly that arterial and main roads can be set with 20mph limits. What we say is that any speed limit above 20mph should be justifiable and take full account of the needs of vulnerable road users. Local officers, councillors and communities are best placed to decide such exceptions and inclusions.

  • 20’s Plenty - The Foundation for Active Travel

    Being active is the ‘wonder drug’ that more Britons should be taking regularly.  The greatest gains in health are from regular activities like walking or cycling locally.  20mph speed limits are a crucial platform for people to choose active travel. All local transport methods and journeys become safer and more pleasant. 20mph helps keep people safe and gets their legs moving more often!

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  • Campaigners - Get 20mph on Group Meetings/Agendas

    Successful ways to campaign for 20mph limits include demonstrating community support to local politicians. Getting on the agenda of each major Party political group meeting can really help councillors to understand and vote for a Total 20mph policy. Win by speaking direct to those with power to set local road speeds

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  • published Our Videos in Get your info 2015-08-12 06:08:35 +0100

    Our Videos

    We are delighted that 20mph limits are featured in these videos :-

    We love this video from Auckland Transport in New Zealand explaining the benefits of 30km/h limits.


    Short Debate in the Welsh Assembly on a default 20mph limit for Wales

    Jago's Story

    What happens when an incident turns into a casualty?

    Founder and Campaign Director of 20's Plenty for Us, Rod King,  was asked to speak at the annual Academic Lecture held by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland on the subject of 30km/h speed limits at the start of their annual Road Safety Week on 2nd October 2017.

    Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation on the importance of reducing vehicle speeds for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week, 8th-14th May 2017. We are delighted to have been chosen by WHO to write the Slow Down Day Toolkit for use by campaigners around the world.

    Thanks to StreetFilms of New York who have recently created a new video that shows our success.

    They also produced a video showing the way that 20mph limits arte being used in the City of London

    Also see how they have been rolled out across the London Boroughs from 2012 to Sept 2015

    and Transport for London is now progressively upgrading its arterial roads to 20mph

    Here is a presentation made at the International Child Road Safety Conference in Dublin. You can watch it in Vimeo.

    In April 2015 The Middle Way Society approached us with an interest in the way that we worked with communities and councils to deliver a more balanced use of roads. The interview with Rod King was turned into a podcast which is available here.

    For our 2014 20's Plenty conference we conducted an interview with the Under Secretary of State for Transport - Robert Goowill MP

    Here is the video we made reporting on road casualties in the London Borough of Westminster

    In May 2013 we were asked to give a Masterclass on campaigning for 20mph limits by the Movement for Liveable London as part of 3Spaces Re:THINK festival held in association with ourselves and Living Streets. The videos were produced by Brian Jones from Media for the Web

    Rod King MBE presented on how to campaign effectively

    Caroline Russell of Islington Living Streets

    Jeremy Leach of 20's Plenty for Us and Jacqueline Saunders of Camden Council

    Here is the first video made by StreetFilms of New York

    And here is the video of one of earliest national conferences in Warrington after they had decided to set a 20mph limit for most roads.

  • followed How 20mph limits benefits bus operators 2015-05-16 23:27:31 +0100

    How 20mph limits benefits bus operators

    Rather than being an added imposition, bus operators should see 20mph limits as benefiting their customers and resulting in lower operating costs .

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  • published Public Health wants 20mph Limits in Briefing Sheets 2015-05-15 20:43:16 +0100

    Public Health wants 20mph Limits

    Public Health leaders are increasingly identifying wide-area 20mph limits as key for liveability & health equality. Speed reduction tackles risk, inactivity, obesity, isolation & is child, disability, elderly & dementia friendly.

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  • Winning with 20mph: Awards and Desirability

    Warrington has won 20mph awards and praise as has Brighton.  Bristol was voted ‘most desirable city’ in the UK. Cambridge, Britain’s innovation centre, also has 20mph limits.  The UK’s most celebrated places are winning prestigious prizes for 20mph.

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  • published Our Team in Who we are 2015-05-15 18:22:52 +0100

    Our Team

    Besides the hundreds of local campaign leaders around the country we have 3 people who provide services to our campaigners and to people such as Councillors, council officers, MPs, Transport Professionals , the media and the general public. They are :-

    Rod King MBE

    Founder & Campaign Director

    07973 639781


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    The Rosebank Centre
    Pepper Street
    WA13 0JG

    Anna Semlyen

    Campaign Manager

    07572 120439


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    24 Grange Street
    YO10 4BH

    Jeremy Leach

    London Campaign Co-ordinator

    07415 243015

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    28 Sutherland Square
    SE17 3EQ

    Please contact us. You will find that we are very friendly and willing to help in any way we can. 

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