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.
Rod King commented on Institute of Welsh Affairs calls for national 20mph urban default 2019-05-13 07:35:22 +0100Thank 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.
Rod King published Scottish leaders should prioritise local streets in Press Releases 2019-03-15 14:55:27 +0000
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!Read more
Rod King commented on Local Transport Today Letter 2019-01-20 20:24:45 +0000Thank 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.
Rod King commented on 30mph is Unjust and Unjustified: Choose 20mph 2019-01-13 18:48:46 +0000Dear 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 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/15/20mph-headline-decided/
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.Read more
Rod King commented on How the DfT report enables Local Authorities to implement Wide Area 20mph Limits 2019-10-03 09:35:34 +0100Jamie
Both Atkins report and the Norman letter say that there was a “significant” increase in cycling and walking.
The reference you gave is an abstract only. Being dated 2010 I doubt whether it has taken into account wide-area 20mph limits as implemented over the last decade.
We are all in favour of comprehensive measures to increase active travel. So are you. But please don’t blame our success at gaining widespread adoption of 20mph limits as per recommendations by WHO, ETSC, OECD, iRAP, Global Network of Road Safety Legislators, ADPH, RCPCH, Sustrans, BRAKE, RoadPeace, Living Streets, UK Cycling, etc as a reason for your own failure to to persuade local authorities to adopt other measures as fast as you would like.
Maybe if you were to concentrate on campaigning for what you want rather than campaigning against other fellow active travel activists then you would be more successful.
Rod King published DfT 20mph Evaluation - Reviewed by 20's Plenty in Press Releases 2018-12-06 22:37:45 +0000
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.Read more
...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.
Rod King published Government publishes 20mph evaluation report in Press Releases 2018-12-06 09:09:02 +0000
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.Read more