Rod King published 20mph cuts air and noise pollution to prevent blighted lives in Briefing Sheets 2016-11-24 05:50:49 +0000
20mph limits massively cut toxic diesel emissions. 40,000 die early pa from outdoor fumes – 23 times more than in crashes. 20mph is equivalent to taking over half the petrol cars off the road. Traffic noise also blights lives. 20mph halves perceived noise compared to 30mph. We can’t see pollution, yet it affects our physical and mental health. Demand 20mph today!
Photo: BLF https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/clean-air
Rod King published Isle of Wight Full Council Vote For 20mph limits in Press Releases 2016-11-01 14:32:05 +0000
20mph limits have been voted on at Full Council on the Isle of Wight. The 20mph vote was won on Wednesday 19th October. 80% of Councillors supported 20mph for built up areas. Councillor Julie Jones-Evans’ motion called for 20mph limits for “'residential streets, town and village centres, and where people work and learn.”Read more
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) new Pedestrian Safety report endorses area-wide lower speed limits. It is top level, conclusive proof that signed 20mph limits are effective.Read more
The first Scottish 20mph Conference moved the debate forward on a National 20mph limit. 20mph was clearly popular amongst delegates from many Traffic Authorities with 95% “favouring a national default limit of 20mph”. Conference-goers agreed 20’s Plenty. The Scottish Government can lead on a 20mph default for built up areas as this is the best value for money in raising everyday road safety and liveability.Read more
People want 20mph streets. Fortunately 20mph limits are affordable and do-able. What’s the best method? The Scottish Government can lead with a 20mph default for built up areas. This is a cost effective win-win all round – eg for the legal process, consultation, signage, engagement, higher compliance and enforcement.Read more
Rod King commented on 30km/h 2018-08-08 09:20:11 +0100Great to hear that the City of Yarra in Melbourne is trialling 30km/h limits see https://www.facebook.com/thanksfor30/
Rod King published 20's Plenty for Manchester - Progress so far in Case Studies 2016-04-24 20:13:25 +0100
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
Rod King commented on Cardiff to set 20mph limits across the city 2016-04-12 16:36:35 +0100HI Nic
We would be delighted to help and will make contact by email.
Rod King published One year zone 30 in Ghent city center: rate drops and fewer accidents in Blog 2016-03-21 10:52:59 +0000
20's Plenty for Cheshire West and Chester - ProgressSee all posts
Posted by Rod King · July 22, 2016 11:33 AM · 1 reaction
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.Read more
Rod King 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 +0000Peter
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.
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST RESEARCHERS SHOW 20MPH ZONES EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING ROAD CASUALTIESSee all posts
Posted by Rod King · October 07, 2019 8:18 PM
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.Read more
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.Read more
Rod King commented on Independent Age 2015-11-27 10:12:31 +0000Thank 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”.
Rod King commented on Take Action 2018-06-17 11:22:53 +0100Hi 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.
Rod King commented on Important new wins for 20mph speed limits in London 2015-10-07 21:36:53 +0100Martyn
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.
Rod King commented on Form a campaign 2016-11-13 17:19:52 +0000Hi Luke
We would be pleased to help. I will email you.