Founder & Campaign Director, 20's Plenty for Us

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  • commented on 30km/h 2018-08-08 09:20:11 +0100
    Great to hear that the City of Yarra in Melbourne is trialling 30km/h limits see https://www.facebook.com/thanksfor30/

  • published 20's Plenty for Manchester - Progress so far in Case Studies 2016-04-24 20:13:25 +0100

    20's Plenty for Manchester - Progress so far

    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


  • commented on Cardiff to set 20mph limits across the city 2016-04-12 16:36:35 +0100
    HI Nic

    We would be delighted to help and will make contact by email.

    Rod

  • One year zone 30 in Ghent city center: rate drops and fewer accidents

    We noticed this report on the success of the new Zone 30 in the Belgian city of Ghent. It may be viewed here but the English translation of the web page follows.

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  • published Case Studies in Get your info 2016-03-13 15:57:44 +0000

  • published Ready for 20 Presentation in Blog 2016-02-26 15:23:04 +0000

    Ready for 20 Presentation

    At the 7th annual 20mph Places conference in Guildhall, City of London, after a warm welcome from Cllr Michael Welbank MBE, I made my presentation on how 20's Plenty/Love 30 is a developing standard for streets. Here is the text of that presentation.

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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
    Peter

    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

    Rod

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

    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

    Rod

  • 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. http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1488-government-red-tape-puts-brakes-on-20mph-limits

  • 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
    David

    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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