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The whole 20's Plenty movement is driven not from the top, but from the grass roots aspiration within communities to make them better places to be and live. It is the actions of individual members of public, councils and professionals who see that when public spaces are less dominated by motor vehicles then they become better for all, including those within the vehicles.

You can become one of the tens of thousands in the movement by talking within your community with friends and associates about how we can all change our behaviour to go a little bit slower and make the community a whole lot better.


You can also find out more, set up a campaign, work with others or simply make a donation. Just choose from the links above.



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  • grame alen
    commented 2018-09-14 17:00:22 +0100
    In my view 20mph limits are not simply for the benefit of car users or for improving road safety but about developing and creating livable environments near roads where people can safely walk, cycle and enjoy community life. I agree keep 30mph where there are no houses, no cyclists, no pedestrians, no pavements, no parks, schools, or shops etc but motorists need to realise the beneficial effect of a 10mph speed reduction on the communities they travel through and thats why I fully support 20mph speed limits.
  • Dom Ferrit
    commented 2018-09-14 14:27:13 +0100
    Think this is a stupid Idea. Its should be 20 in a school zone, and in urban areas with limited visibility and space, however its getting silly now. Too many pointless 20 limits are being put up, it’s frustrating to drive in, and it’s having a negative effect on both infrastructure and productivity.
  • Rod King
    commented 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

  • Jane Mccourt
    commented 2018-06-16 21:39:48 +0100
    I tried to campaign for 20 in my small town but felt that I did not have much support and I now see that the whole place is up in arms and marching with banners because the council are putting in parking charges.
    The majority of people are able bodied and drive around and want to get around quickly and cheaply and don’t see themselves as part of a problem.
    Before imposing 20 mph it seems logical (to me) to find a fool proof method of adherence to limits – which is recorded within your own car and that issues a fine or some kind of deterrent via the insurance companies, rather than speed cameras and voluntary speed watch groups.
    I literally get people honking and beeping and harassing me for travelling at 30!
    Until that sort of attitude is knocked on the head then 20 signs are unlikely to make much difference
    There are some 20 stretches here at school times and hardly anyone bothers to slow down, unless there is a traffic jam.
  • Chris Palmer
    commented 2018-06-16 16:15:33 +0100
    I live in a residential street in Southend-on-sea, we currently have a 30MPH speed limit, but there’s car’s doing far higher speeds than that on it. I’d like to see the speed limit reduced to 20MPH, due to the street makeup, elderly, disabled and families with young children, with many of us having pets. However, the local council needs to make sure those speeds are adhered to. Speed bumps are no good, due to emergency service access. Hope people in Southend can make this happen.
  • Al Ceramics
    commented 2018-03-15 06:49:21 +0000
    Last night I had to pick up the dead dismembered body of my lovely cat and furry companion from my road.
    My kids and I cried ourselves to sleep.
    Back in August my son’s friend got run over and it was a hit and run. I started a campaign to implement traffic calming measures for our road, contacted our Couincillor, after e series of email exchanges I got told that the council had visited the road and assessed that it was not eligible for any calming measures as there hasn’t been enough ( human ) deaths or incidents .

    Pets are fatalities are not considered in their statistics.

    At no point we have seen any officers visiting and now that my cat has died I have emailed my councillor requesting a review.

    My councillor David Livett sent me a response which explains that 20mph limit cannot be implemented on the bases that studies have been conducted with the results showing that it causes more accidents.

    I want to actively campin for making my road safe and would appreciate some advice.
  • Jordan Irlen
    commented 2018-01-24 18:02:57 +0000
    I think its great that you are trying to make public areas less dominated by cars, vans, lorrys etc. You can see that the DVLA are certainly trying to cut down on traffic congestion in these types of areas recently, you can see here that more parking tickets are being issued by the DVLA more frequently.
    My site: https://enemacademy.com/enem/assuntos-que-mais-caem
  • Graeme Allen
    commented 2017-10-03 16:21:31 +0100
    I live along a busy residential road in Enfield North London and have found the website very useful in helping set up a campaign for 20mph speed limit along our road.
  • Becky Hunt
    commented 2017-09-19 20:43:52 +0100
    Please could I have some advice/information on how to set up a group and where to start with slowing traffic. I’ve already been to parish council meeting, sent over 100 names to local councillors. Been told 20 would never happen.
  • Carole Bartram
    commented 2017-08-13 19:10:10 +0100
    I live in the village of Hamsterley Bishop Auckland and we need
    A speed slow down .
    Because we get all the mountain bike enthusiast s rushing to Hamsterley forest without any consideration when passing through.
    We have a lot of horse riders , walkers using the roads also.
    So seriously think that we of all should have a slow down set up .
  • Sally Look
    commented 2017-06-05 11:45:08 +0100
    Please could you send me details / information on setting up a campaign. Many thanks
  • Ml Waycool
    commented 2017-05-02 15:37:06 +0100
    I live in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, USA. It is a beautiful area at the base of many ski areas with tons of outdoor seasonal sports, hiking and biking mountains, rivers and lakes. During our tourist seasons, the small side streets are crowded with pedestrians and fast moving cars. I was in Scotland recently and saw this great campaign on many side/rural roads. How can I get started in acquiring these great signs for my home town?
  • Joy Bellingham
    commented 2017-03-16 22:35:18 +0000
    Hello, I have campaigned through my local councillor for 5 years now, and raised a petition of 200 + signatures, attended council meetings, heard of feasibility studies done, 2 speed studies done, and now MORE studies to be done about a road that is very narrow in our Shrewsbury town. It is not wide enough for 2 cars to pass safely at points without coming within inches or indeed hitting pedestrians elbows etc. Because no one has been killed on this road – no real action is taken. We asked for a 20 mph restriction but got the answer : we have to do studies and its not that easy etc etc.. years later we are still gridlocked with the powers that be. Your organisation sounds fabulous. Can you advise what our local councillor and / or residents can do please?
  • Rod King
    commented 2017-02-23 13:17:05 +0000

    You, of course have a right to your opinion. But it is the fact that different people have differing views on what is the correct speed limit on particular roads that is why limits are mandatory and such decisions are taken by local traffic authorities who are in a position to consider all the risks and consequences of vehicle speeds.
  • A Walsh
    commented 2017-02-23 12:51:23 +0000
    20 is far to slow on normal roads, outside schools I can see it justified, 20 is bad !
  • Ian Platt
    commented 2017-01-28 15:21:46 +0000
    At a recent Parish Council meeting here in Goodworth Clatford, 1 item on the agenda attracted a number of the village to attend. A short e-mail asking the PC to look at the introduction of 20mph through the village.
    Following much discussion and all positive, we have set up a small Working Group to start a campaign to bring 20mph limits across the village roads.
    We would appreciate some guidance on how to set up a campaign, where is best to get resources such as designing a website/facebook page, a banner and a logo and many other parts to work on.
    We have the people, we just need some guidance on next steps.

  • Alexandra Johnson
    commented 2017-01-20 08:12:23 +0000
    Hello, please can I have some advice on how to achieve this in my area. I live in Crystal Palace in South East London right near the triangle, the pedestrian walkways are narrow and the cars drive aggressively or speed through at crazy speeds if and when they can. Tragically my little puppy got hit and died on Wednesday morning and in honour of her (we don’t have children, she was our baby) I’d like to bring about road and traffic changes so that it’s a safer place for everyone.
    Many thanks,
  • Nina Rees-Howe-Davies
    commented 2016-11-18 08:15:46 +0000
    Please send me more information on how to set up a campaign. We live in a small country village where all day everyday cars hurtle through narrow lanes with no care for the pedestrians who have to walk along the main road with no pavements it’s getting so bad that we are all considering blocking roads with cars to slow people down. We suffer verbal abuse by road users , elderly are at risk, children walking to bus stops at risk, walkers with dogs, racehorses who have to use roads constantly spooked. Please send me advice. The whole community is behind action
  • Leanne Wild
    commented 2016-10-12 20:37:56 +0100
    Hello, I am looking for help and being pointed in the right direction to achieving a 20mph during school drop off and collection times.
    The primary school is on the main A6 running through our village. There is a local high traffic volume, especially with large lorries and bus’.
    In the past 4 weeks two large vehicles have gone through a red light on the pelican crossing outside the school. The pavement is narrow and vehicles will come past very close to the curb.
    I have spoken to the Council who stated there is nothing they can do as there are the triangle school road signs and a pelican crossing.
    Can you advise me as to what I can do to persuade the Council 20mph is necessary in making the walk to School safer for our young children?
    Kind regards. Leanne.
  • cliff lee-chan
    commented 2016-10-09 08:23:18 +0100
    Many streets in London are 20mph but virtually no-one, including London bus drivers, observe it and no enforcement is evident. What can I do?
  • Jo Auburn
    commented 2016-10-08 15:06:40 +0100
    I live in a small village on the A46 north of Bath. We currently have a 40mph speed limit here and it is a trunk road, ie; Highways England’s responsibility. Would we be able to put up these 20’s Plenty signs? Jo
  • Gil Hilleard
    commented 2016-09-25 14:09:53 +0100
    I would appreciate advice on getting a 20’s plenty campaign going in a rural village, Stanton Harcourt and Sutton. I am in the process of doing a survey to gauge residents’ views on the need for such a scheme. Can you help us take this to its next steps? How does this scheme sit alongside making a legal speed reduction from 30 mph to 20 mph?
  • George Curry
    commented 2016-09-06 10:28:11 +0100
    There is growing support for a 20mph speed limit in our village – how do we get started – what help can you provide ?
  • Emma Shamma
    commented 2016-06-15 09:05:39 +0100
    In Sheffield, I have been trying to get the council to address the road I live on in particular because it has a hospital, 2 nurseries and an Infant school on it. There is one lane of traffic as the other side is mostly parked cars, there’s sharp corners lacking visibility in both directions to the school, it’s used as a ‘rat run’ and people seem to decide their own speed. I’ve been told there’s no way that we will get 20mph traffic calming anytime soon -years. I’ve been told that roads are assessed on the amount of accidents, so we have to have a serious accident for the council to change its list of priorities. I’ve been told that there’s nothing that can be done and well meaning Councillors have their hands tied – I need your help! We have a petition ongoing with a few hundred signatures. The school is actively trying to raise awareness.
  • Rod King
    commented 2016-04-12 16:39:39 +0100
    Hi Debbie (Dinky Diver)

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

  • Dinky Diver
    commented 2016-04-09 09:04:03 +0100
    I have lived in Ingham, Lincolnshire, a lovely quiet village for the last 10 years, but as is every where, traffic and speeding through the village is becoming more and more of a problem with people regularly driving in excess of 30 miles per hour. We have several blind bends and tight corners. We also have a primary school in the centre of the village. Many of us would like to see the village adopt a twenty mile an hour speed limit, but are unsure of where to start. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • Jane Mccourt
    commented 2016-01-31 17:37:46 +0000
    Indeed. I guess I was responding to someone’s comment that the 20 signs are ignored in her area. I suspect that the same may happen here where there is a long stretch of road with no cameras or crossings etc & lads tear around it like a race track sometimes or otherwise more ‘normal’ motorists just travel at 40 or 50 . Still, I’m sure that with time the public will feel ashamed of doing so with more awareness and a clear message from’above’ that 30 or 40 can and does kill. Who wants to be a killer after all?
  • Rod King
    commented 2016-01-31 14:46:27 +0000
    Jane. The problem with speed bumps is that they really do try and communicate with drivers through their posteriors rather than their brain. This may be effective in the localised position of the bump but drivers tend to revert back to higher speeds when “set free” from such devices. In addition, using speed bumps is 50 times more expensive than just setting a mandatory limit. Or put it another way, for the same money you can give 250 people on one street speed bumps or 12,500 in a community a wide-area 20mph limit, perhaps with entrance gateways.

    Of course any isolated and limited intervention endorses speeding up where such and intervention does not exist. We far prefer a wide-area implementation with light-touch engineering to act as visual rather than posterial calming where necessary. With community engagement and understanding that driving slower makes the community better then much more can be achieved.
  • Jane Mccourt
    commented 2016-01-31 14:30:19 +0000
    Speed bumps
  • Brenda Priddy
    commented 2016-01-16 10:45:11 +0000
    I think its great that you are trying to make public areas less dominated by cars, vans, lorrys etc. You can see that the DVLA are certainly trying to cut down on traffic congestion in these types of areas recently, you can see here that more parking tickets are being issued by the DVLA more frequently.