One of the key factors in the success of the 20's Plenty campaign is the thousands of people around the country who are asking and working for lower speeds on their community roads.
Here we highlight a few of those local campaigns and the people leading them.
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20’s Plenty In Lancashire Case Study (Mar 2013)
Prof John Whitelegg was elected a Green Party Lancaster City Councillor in May 2003. He began 20mph limit campaigning immediately. There were many set backs on the way and during the time Labour were in control of Lancashire got absolutely nowhere. Looking back there was a general improvement in awareness.
At the 2009 county council election Labour lost control to
the Conservatives. A new Green Party county councillor was elected (Sam Riches)
and both John and Sam contacted the transport cabinet member (Tim Ashton) who
was very receptive. Then, in 2010 there was a damming report showing Lancashire
as one of the worst areas for child death and serious injury on the roads. John
then had 3 or 4 meetings with Tim at County Hall to discuss the detail and he
was (a) keen to do something about the child death problem and (b) was very
interested in German cities...very wealthy, not anti-car, 90% of all streets are
"Tempo 30" which is 20mph and (c) agreed with John about large scale cultural
change being a "better bet" than loads of traffic calming at £400,000 per scheme
(in Lancaster). Tim made the Total 20 Lancashire decision as a cabinet member.
20’s Plenty for Us did not instigate the Lancaster 20mph campaign. Yet, the National Campaign have been extremely supportive since at least 2010, e.g. supplying briefings and regularly emailing key decision makers with latest 20mph limit developments.
20’s Plenty for Camden Case Study (March 2013)
Jemima Stockton formed 20’s Plenty for Camden in September 2011. She’s doing a PhD student at UCL in Epidemiology and Public Health on the health benefits of environments that support walking and cycling. Jemima was inspired by hearing Rod King speak to the Transport and Health Research Group.
National briefings and press releases were sent to all Camden Councillors and positive replies were received. Jemima prepared a leaflet on Why 20’s Plenty for Camden.
Camden is Labour controlled. Their manifesto supported 20mph speeds, as did the Greens. Another concerned resident, Mike Sweidan petitioned for Parkhill Road, Haverstock Hill and Englands Lane to go 20mph.
In March 2012 the Environment Scrutiny agreed to have more 20 mph zones across the Borough. Rod King, Founder of 20’s Plenty for Us met the Chair, Cllr Simpson with Jemima.
By July 2012 emails of support were received from cabinet members to regular briefings including from Cllr Phil Jones, the Transport Cabinet Member.
Jemima was invited to speak at the Culture and Environment Scrutiny Meeting in September 2012 http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=123&MId=4182
Jemima submitted the 20’s Plenty for Us briefing “Scrutiny has proven 20mph limits” as evidence http://www.20splentyforuk.org.uk/BriefingSheets/Scrutiny_has_proven_20mph_limits.pdf She said “Although with limits there is nothing to stop drivers exceeding limit other than responsibility and enforcement, the speed of traffic on streets is governed, to a large extent, by the degree to which residents retreat from the streets. Lower speed limits repopulate streets with pedestrians and cyclists, providing mental speed bumps – a non-physical and more powerful way of calming traffic. 20mph limits are also cheaper” Scrutiny gave its strong backing to implement a borough-wide 20mph limits.
After agreement at Camden’s Council on 6th December it was announced that Camden would become a Total 20 London Borough http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/camden-joins-islington-and-southwark-to-cut-road-speed-limits-to-20mph-8389053.html
Camden are consulting at https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/borough-wide-20mph-speed-limit/consult_view to 25 March 2013 – non residents can respond. The plan considers including arterial TfL roads like Islington.
Cllr Phil Jones has written to other Labour members on 20mph limits http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/01/03/people-before-traffic/
20’s Plenty for Camden fought a successful campaign which succeeded within 15 months at getting the Council to agree wide 20mph limits.
20’s Plenty for Watford Case Study (March 2013)
Kevin Ambrose first contacted 20’s Plenty for Us (via Living Streets) in Jan 2011 for a public meeting speaker for Nascot Resident’s Association’s AGM. He has a background in local government and did the presentation using www.20splentyforus.org.uk resources. The Association resolved to team up with other groups to campaign for a Watford-wide 20 mph limit on non-main roads. Several senior councillors attended and began taking 20mph limits seriously. They arranged a meeting with Highways. But, “This was of limited value as the Hertfordshire CC traffic engineers were clearly very cautious and committed to small 20 mph zones and physical traffic calming. It felt like trying to change the course of an oil tanker”
A local ward by-election saw all main candidates include a 20mph commitment. By October 2011 20’s Plenty for Watford launched with representatives from a resident’s association, Friends of the Earth, Living Streets, Spokes cycling group and Sustrans. The core team includes Cllr Peter Jeffree, Phil Gough and Graham Everett - who actively seek other members.
In a two tier authority, lobbying began by 20’s Plenty for Watford presenting to each local political group separately. Consensus was built. A Lib Dem and Green party joint motion to Watford Council in March 2012 was unanimously agreed. All nine Councillors speaking fully grasped the arguments. http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9522584.Safety_campaigners_call_for_20mph_residential_road_limit/#commentsList http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/localnews/9608263.Campaign_for_20mph_Watford_backed_by_politicians/r/?ref=rss . There was also radio coverage.
Campaigners said “Material provided by 20’s Plenty for Us - both on the web and via briefing sheets - is the major reason that convincing people has been very straightforward.” The Chair of Watford Council's Scrutiny Committee initially proposed to include 20mph as a topic, though it wasn’t necessary due to all party support.
Persuading Hertfordshire County Councillors to fund Watford’s political commitment to Total 20 is ongoing. One of the most powerful arguments is that Highways, with a "zone" not "town-wide" approach, have already spent £1-£1.5 m on just 30 streets - where prevailing speeds were already around 20 mph. This has really "excited" councillors (in terms of lack of value for money).
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9659681.Councillors__straw_polls_reveal_support_for_20mph_limit/ reports straw poll support in April 2012 by local Councillors. In October 2012 Cllr Phil Bibby, Herts CC Member for Highways rejected Watford’s request to go Total 20 - http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/localnews/9981817.County_council_rejects_20_s_Plenty_campaign/?ref=rss
The National Campaign sends
regular emails of briefings and press releases to all Herts County Councillors.
20’s Plenty for Watford and Hitchin campaigns (run by Cllr Lisa Courts)
collaborate. Cllr Richard Roberts, Herts Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing
is supportive. Yet County Councillors
(including the leader and at least three other portfolio holders) always seem to
defer to highway engineers.
Three Herts Highway engineers attended the National Speed Summit conference in Feb 2013, at which Rod King of 20’s Plenty for Us spoke. Rod reported that they “seemed to be warming to 20mph limits”. Kevin came to the 2012 National 20mph conference and is a speaker at the 23 May 2013 conference on “Putting people first – a campaigner’s perspective.”
Two tier authorities are harder to lobby that Unitary Local Authorities or London Boroughs. Yet Lancashire has almost completed implementing Total 20 County wide. With 20’s Plenty for Chichester having won over West Sussex County Council there is a precedent for Watford persuading Hertfordshire CC to implement 20mph limits.[email protected] www.watford.20splentyforus.org.uk
20’s Plenty for Penarth Case Study (March 2013)
Community based environmental group Gwyrddio Penarth Greening (GPG) held a public meeting on 21 February 2013 about ‘Safe Streets / Clean Air’. It focused on the benefits of 20mph speed limits in Penarth and how it would make streets safer for all and reduce traffic related air pollution. Rod King, Founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, The UK’s National Campaign presented at the packed meeting. Assisted by 20’s Plenty for Us, extensive invitations and a press release went out to all Welsh Assembly members and the press. A report is at http://gpgpenarth.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/20s-plenty-where-people-live.pdf
The idea of a 20mph limit for Penarth had previously been on the agenda at a Vale Community Cabinet meeting in Penarth where it received strong public support and the Vale Council agreed to proceed with a public consultation on the proposal.
Anthony Slaughter, GPG Chair runs a group that aims to raise awareness around climate change and sustainability issues and to help build community resilience. He is now also leading the 20’s Plenty for Penarth group publically launched in March.
There was a supportive piece in by the local Assembly Member in the Penarth Times - http://www.penarthtimes.co.uk/news/latestnews/10217271.Why_I_back_20mph_campaign___Vaughan_Gething_AM/
Pre consultation from the Vale of Glamorgan Council was reported in the Penarth News
In a short space of just a couple of months the Penarth campaign has achieved a lot.
20’s Plenty for Canterbury Case Study (Mar 2013)
Stephen Fawke energetically began 20’s Plenty for Canterbury and East Kent in April 2012. Well connected in transport campaigning as Chair of East Kent Spokes Cycle Campaign and Volunteer Coordinator for Sustrans, Stephen has drawn in activists around Kent, which now boasts seven 20’s Plenty for Us branches. As well as articles in local cycle magazines, Stephen often writes to the press, councillors and officers. Regular briefings on Total 20mph limits benefits are emailed to all County Councillors and many district councillors and press contacts by the National Campaign Manager.
Conservative ruled Kent County Council and Cllr Bryan Sweetland, Cabinet Member for Highways initially resisted wide 20mph limits with a policy rejecting them in July 2012. The decision was unsuccessfully called in. However, an amendment by Martyn Vye, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Canterbury changed this policy at September’s Full Council to allow local communities to call for 20mph limits. See http://www.localrags.co.uk/index.php/News/2012/9/17/Delight-over-20mph-speed-limit-shift-for-residential-streets-in-Kent/
Autumn 2012 campaigning focussed on asking Police Commissioner candidates to commit to policing 20mph. Kent PCC Ann Barnes is asked to fulfil her promise to support communities wanting 20mph at http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/kent_green_party_calls_on_pcc_ann_barnes_to_fulfil_20mph_pledge_1_1747795
By Dec 2012 we heard that “at district level there seems to be enthusiasm from local councillors and officers and it’s certainly only a matter of time. Kent councillors are a different matter but there is an air of change.”
Cyclists are more likely to suffer injuries in Canterbury than anywhere else in Kent prompting calls for city wide 20mph speed limits. “The cycle safety report heavily features 20mph was accepted at Scrutiny and the Executive in January. Recommendation 1 says That the council lobby Kent County Council for ‘total 20 mph’ to be introduced for residential areas and villages other than those on arterial routes, to improve cycle and pedestrian safety.”
Stephen says “The new development plan and Transport Strategy for Canterbury is being developed and all heavily feature 20mph.” “There is growing enlightenment and contrary to the rhetoric we have seen in the past.”
Positive press coverage is increasing e.g. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentish_gazette/news/2013/january/22/calls_for_20mph_speed_zones_ac.aspx
Rod King, Founder of 20’s Plenty for Us spoke at a public meeting in Deal in February and this attracted Councillors from around Kent, as many invites to attend had been emailed out. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/east_kent_mercury/news/2013/february/22/deal_20mph_campaign.aspx
Local Green MEP Keith Taylor is extremely knowledgeable and a strong supporter of 20mph limits.
The County goes to the ballot box in May 2013 and Stephen has prepared a questionnaire for candidates. Though there are no signed only 20mph limits yet in Kent, the campaign is winning through education and changing the hearts and minds of the decision makers that matter.
20’s Plenty for Chichester Case Study (Jan 2011) by Sarah Sharp
Sarah Sharp began campaigning in Jan 2010 prompted by traffic volumes at her daughter's school. She established the ChiCycle campaign and publicly questioned the council on speed. This made front page news and was how Rod King of 20s Plenty for Us made contact.
A petition was begun in May 2010 aiming for 3,000 signatures to trigger a full County Council debate. 300 signatures were gained at the 22 September Carfree day when Sarah turfed a parking space. The 10:10 day was also used to ask supporters to get petition signatures – 10 each.
Sarah set up Chichester Cycling Forum and has a long email supporter list (and a few active members). Plus £105 from the launch attended by the Mayor, District Council (though not W Sussex Highways) which had a talk about Portsmouth 20mph limits plus kids activities (60+ attendees). As the Cycling Officer is without budget, they invited the Head of Highways (Mr Julian Harris), who was “glib” about 20mph limits. Duncan Kay, a 20mph campaigner from Worthing, indirectly persuaded Mr Harris to promise a speed review. Chichester Cycle Forum Working Group tasks include asking people to write to councillors about 20’s Plenty for Us.
With membership secretary assistance, an updated Worthing powerpoint presentation on 20's Plenty for Us with Chichester data (from the council) was presented to the council, including detailed costings of 20 mph limits by street. In December 2010 Chichester City Council voted for 20 mph limits, but they do not have the funds to implement, which must come from West Sussex County Council.
The West Sussex Local Transport Plan 3 consultation report (Dec 10) included strong support for 20 mph limits.
The County Council’s position is “in West Sussex new housing developments often are designed with 20mph limits or zones and we encourage that. We have implemented 20mph limits and zones as part of traffic management schemes (e.g. in Chichester City centre) and we do implement 20mph limits and zones where they are appropriate and justified by a casualty reduction programme. However, WSCC currently do not commit funds to installing 20mph limits in their own right. We do recognise the potential value of such schemes but at present they are not a high priority for funding. “
An expert critique of the West Sussex County Council Speed Management Plan and an information campaign supported by Chichester City Council, perhaps jointly with 20’s Plenty for Worthing are possibly next for the campaign.
Sarah knows that 20mph isn’t just a cycling issue and is sometimes hampered by that association in that council officials ask her to direct enquiries through the Cycling Officer.
A public meeting with speakers including Rod King (20’s Plenty for Us Founder) is arranged for 16 March 2011. The location isn’t yet decided as there are several events taking place that evening. All are welcome.
See www.20splentyforchichester.org.uk to sign up to the online petition.
After a public questionnaire in 2012 West Sussex County Council decided to implement a 20mph limit across most Chichester streets.
20's Plenty for York Case Study (Jan 2013) by Anna Semlyen
Anna Semlyen (now 20's Plenty for Us Campaign Manager and an elected Local Councillor) began 20's Plenty for York in 2008. A long time campaigner, having chaired her first public meeting on speed in 1998 with York Cycle Campaign and is a traffic reduction author.
Anna’s home street has a 20 mph limit with the help of a local Fishergate grant (council money) - £500 for a resident consultation of 7 streets. (Previous home zone requests were refused due to car numbers). Green Councillors door knocked to raise a petition. The grant paid for a guide accompanying letters asking resident’s opinion. 49% of residents voted, 70.5% wanted 20mph and signs went in Nov 2009. It took 2.5 years and 18 months from the full council meeting agreement for this small ‘pilot’.
Autumn 2010 saw a public consultation “Time for 20mph limits for York?” 76% of people supported 20 mph limits, though the Lib Dems in power did not put 20mph into the Local Transport Plan.
The next win was a limit on Fishergate – the A19 outside 2 primary schools in 2011.
Local 20 mph champion Cath Heinemeyer won £500 of ward funding. Rather than a petition, she posted letters through neighbour’s doors with reply slips. With hundreds of positive responses, and Labour Councillors backing the Hollybank Road area of Holgate is agreed as 20 mph.
Campaign materials have been funded by York in Transition and Cooperative Membership. A presentation was made to the Safe Routes to Schools Ad Hoc Scrutiny meeting and we’ve met the police. MP Hugh Bayley is supportive.
After years of blocking by Lib Dems, local elections in May 2011 gave Labour power. 20 mph limits for residential areas is Labour policy as promised in the 2011 manifesto.
York’s South Bank had wide 20mph limits introduced in September 2012 with support of over 75% of respondents who favoured 20mph limits without humps on Bishopthorpe Rd, which is an arterial
www.York20mph.org has details of the £600k roll out plan of 3 phases before 2015. The next phase is the whole West of York this summer including Micklegate, Dringhouses & Woodthorpe, Holgate and Acomb wards. There is a York20mph twitter @York20mph
Like pedestrianisation, 20mph will be a turning point in the public and economic health of York.
20’s Plenty for York has an active committee. We have many times written to the press, had public meetings, training sessions, a street party, done postering along new 20mph routes and presentations to schools and community groups. There is an email list, website and facebook page.
20’s Plenty for Crewe (Justice for Jack) Case Study (Jan 2011) by Claire Clulow
Claire and Joe Clulow’s son Jack’s leg was broken in a road crash when he was 4. Jack used a wheelchair, was in plaster for 8 ½ weeks and off school for 5 weeks. Jack continues to have difficulty walking. His injuries motivated Claire to set up a petition to Cheshire East Council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on Crewe’s residential roads.
Crewe Chronicle ran the 20's Plenty article in June 2010 and the campaign gained local MP Edward Timpson’s support. He contacted the DfT and the Highways Dept of Cheshire East Council. Cheshire East replied that they would investigate the dangers of the road on which Jack's accident happened and consider a petition for a council debate.
There is a petition on the 20's Plenty For Crewe website www.20splentyforcrewe.org.uk. People are urged to go online and sign. There is a facebook (Justice for Jack) page with over 370 fans.
A public meeting was held in July 2010 at a school. Fewer came than Claire would have liked, but publicity was perhaps not wide enough. Rachel Bailey, Safer and Stronger Communities portfolio holder for Cheshire East gave apologies and offered to attend in future.
A 'Design A Poster' for 20's Plenty For Crewe colouring competition took place at Underwood West during Road Safety Week in Nov 2010 alongside the Brake campaign. £5 WH Smith vouchers were given to 3 children. Anna Brookes (a Children’s Centre worker) and Nina Hammill have certificates as 20's Plenty Champions.
The next stage is to submit the petition to Councillor Steve Wilkinson of Cheshire East Council (Conservative).
Justice For Jack Facebook Group - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117040858325243
20’s Plenty for Worthing Case Study (Jan 2012) by Duncan Kay
Duncan Kay grew up in Worthing, cycling 1½ miles to school. Now married, he returned in 2008. Worthing is a “great town for cycling and walking as it is flat”, but he was “saddened by the huge growth in traffic and congestion”. Duncan wants his two children to walk and cycle to school safely.
Duncan, a sustainable transport professional, believes that 20mph limits where people live are the key to increasing walking, cycling and quality of life. He learnt of the 20's Plenty For Us campaign and requested casualty statistics from his local authority, West Sussex County Council. He was shocked that cyclists and pedestrians account for about two thirds of all deaths and serious injuries. West Sussex County Council's own survey found 73% of respondents want to walk and/or cycle more and 65% would like to reduce their car use. But 66% felt that speeding in town/housing areas is a problem and many said 'roads are too dangerous to consider walking and/or cycling'.
Duncan presented the 20mph case to Worthing Cycle Forum in 2009. Positive feedback encouraged him to start a campaign. He’s presented to schools, residents associations, youth and community groups, as well as Worthing Borough Council, and County Local Committee. Campaigners have collected over 700 signatures and delivered leaflets to almost 200 roads.
In October 2010, the Borough Council voted unanimously for 20mph residential speed limits with cross-party support and the Lib-Dems made 20's Plenty for Worthing one of their top policy priorities (they had already had many speeding complaints for residential roads).
As Highways are controlled by the County Council, the Lib-Dem Borough Councillor who is also a County Councillor and sits as Chair of Worthing's County Local Committee (CLC) then put forward a motion for 20's Plenty for Worthing at a West Sussex County Council meeting in July 2011. It passed. The County Council will support Worthing CLC in progressing 20's Plenty provided it was funded by Worthing (and with an amendment that there must be 'majority public support' - though it was unclear how this would be demonstrated!). County Council officers worked with Worthing CLC and prepared a report estimating costs and a suggested implementation strategy. Worthing CLC has sufficient funds available for 'Infrastructure priorities' from Section 106 funds.
On 25th January 2012, Worthing CLC voted to progress to a full public consultation on the implementation of 20mph speed limits for all residential roads.
20’s Plenty for Bristol Case Study (Sept 2010) by Steve Kinsella
For several months Bristol has had one 20mph area - Southville to the south. Easton, east of the centre, will have signs soon. Though "pilots" for small parts of the city, the Lib Dems promise to extend 20mph to the rest of Bristol. It’s been a successful campaign as, in 2008, under the previous administration officers did not support 20mph..
Steve Kinsella started 20’s Plenty for Bristol in 2008 with Rod King speaking at its launch. Initially it was hoped to get "20mph Champions" citywide. 34 joined and although not citywide, the recruitment publicity raised awareness and led to pockets of campaigning. Several petitions were presented to the council. The main turning point was transfer to a Liberal Democrat majority, when Dr Jon Rogers, an outspoken advocate of 20mph and campaign supporter, became Executive Councillor for Transport.
20s Plenty for Bristol were delighted to win the "Total 20" battle. Cllr Rogers rejected transport officers' initial plans for 20mph areas maintaining through roads at 30mph or higher, leaving 20mph for tiny streets with pre-existing low average speeds. Backed by campaigners, Dr Rogers persuaded officers to make a number of major roads 20mph in the two areas, thereby saving signage and costs.
Steve doubts that pilots will make a dramatic difference to average speeds. They had existing low speeds due to the majority type of streets, and there is no police enforcement. But this won't matter - the less waves made by these pilots, the easier the path to extend 20mph to the rest of the city.
The Bristol pilots have been very successful and as a result Bristol City Council is rolling out 20mph limits to all of its streets. Any exceptions to 30mph or 40mph require justification.
Contact is Steve Kinsella [email protected]
20s Plenty for Farnhill (Oct 2010) Case Study by Helen Law
Helen Law in Farnhill is launching a wheelie bin sticker campaign, hoping it will generate interest in other North Yorkshire villages with similar problems. Farnhill Parish Council are paying £100 towards the purchase of stickers. At monthly Parish Council meetings Helen offers updates on the 20s Plenty for Farnhill campaign.
Helen’s local MP for Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith, is very supportive of a 20mph zone in Farnhill and promises to write to the Transport Minister. The Craven Herald sent their reporter and photographer to take some pictures of Julian and Helen plus the stickered wheelie bins. There have been several 20mph pieces in the local press.
Patrick Mulligan, the County Counsellor for Airedale and Lotherdale Ward in which Farnhill is included is supportive. He was very helpful on the outset and set up a meeting a year ago with Highways in Skipton, when campaigners handed in a petition signed by almost the entire village. Sadly that doesn't seem to have carried much weight.
Helen has written to Northallerton - John Fort - on the County Council, but with no joy yet. Unless the new government force them to change North Yorkshire’s policies, Helen is afraid that the County Council will keep things as they are.
Helen Law is at [email protected]
Life Begins at 20 in Oxford – a 20s Plenty for Us Case Study (Sept 2010) by Paul Cullen
Oxford had one 20mph zone when the fight for 20mph began in earnest. It inspired more campaigning following bitter disappointment that, despite full submissions to Local Transport Plan 2 consultations, pedestrian and cycling viewpoints were ignored.
Campaigners participated in a 20’s Plenty Action Day with Transport 2000 (now CBT) which found drivers wanted 20mph. Local television covered it and when Transport 2000 decided not to run further 20’s Plenty Days, campaigners had enough momentum to continue.
Life Begins at 20 was chosen as a positive slogan, not ‘in the face’ of drivers. Instead of ‘transport’, its focus is re-humanising streets where people grow up and grow old. It is separate from, but supported by, pedestrian and cycling groups whose arguments could be strengthened by making them jointly. Both put in £50. Lobbyists for ‘people-oriented streets’ joined and several city and county councillors were on board.
Publicity included a web site with cohesive arguments for 20mph streets. ‘A 20mph Oxford – Why and How’ leaflet was printed thanks to a supporter’s gift. Copies were sent to councillors on both councils and others.
Letters to newspapers encouraged people to make contact. At a local street party, Life Begins at 20 was launched by the Mayor, with great press photography of kids with their bikes, holding Life Begins at 20 placards. Without a national 20’s Plenty Action Day, Oxford held their own. A3 Life Begins at 20 posters were displayed in the streets. Petition signatures were collected whenever supporter groups held a stall.
MPs expressed support and activists did local radio chat shows. National 20mph interest increased with Portsmouth leading the way. Lobbying of county councillors and officers intensified. With a ‘respectable’ number of petition signatures, the county council agreed to receive it, and with an MP, it was presented with a press photo and articles.
Yearly 20’s Plenty events featured ‘gimmicks’ to catch attention. One person created a dummy cardboard speed camera for his front garden. A ‘portable’ zebra crossing was rolled out, with local children photographed, and then taken to another street. A speed gun was pointed at speeding drivers whilst holding 20’s Plenty placards. The opposition reacted and press did ‘For’ and ‘Against’ columns.
Round the table conversations with County road safety officers began, who were sceptical at first. Activists knew they were winning when the councillor for highways attended, not with a road safety officer, but a planner.
The County consulted on a 20mph scheme for Oxford, and found public support. Thanks to the next Mayor’s influence city councillors unanimously supported 20mph ‘where people live’. This was key.
Life Begins at 20 were disappointed that major bus routes were excluded, which remains an issue. A present concern is policing. Some professional drivers – cabs, vans, buses – ignore the signs. The community has chosen 20mph but police appear to be turning a blind eye to daily crimes against the community on Oxford’s streets by drivers who should know better.
Life Begins at 20 has come a long way. When the time is right the campaign will re-awaken. The scheme’s recent first anniversary produced plenty of material in the local press.
Another change is that for Local Transport Plan 3 the county has listened seriously to arguments for sustainable, safe travel. That’s progress!
Oxford Pedestrians Association oxpa.org.uk
Oxford Cycle Campaign Cyclox's cyclox.org
Note that Paul sadly died in May, 2011. Our condolences go out to his family. Paul was a real inspiration to me and the whole 20's Plenty movement. His legacy is a safer and better Oxford which is being increasing matched in towns and villages around the country.
Limpley Stoke Village 20’s Plenty for Us Case Study (Dec 2010)
The '20’s Plenty for Limpley Stoke' village' campaign, started by Bil Bailey, has successfully persuaded Wiltshire Council to implement a 20 mph trial in 6 Wiltshire villlages, using additional 'light touch measures' to encourage willing driver compliance. These improvements are well-received by the community and initially include upper Church Lane, Crowe Hill, Middle Stoke, Woods Hill and Lower Stoke and a permanent speed limit change to 30mph on upper Church Lane and upper Crowe Lane. Other agreed measures - the '20mph' limit signage and village gateway structures - are awaited shortly.
Bill said an effective 'lever' to this step in the right direction has been a 'wheelie bins stickers' campaign, now adopted by several neighbouring communities. This had a most salutory effect on local politicians and he is weekly contacted by one village/parish or another seeking to know where to get these '20s Plenty Where People Live' stickers (now available from 20’s Plenty for Us here )
20's Plenty for Warrington Case Study (Mar 2013)
The campaign for lower speeds in Warrington was started in 2004 after Rod King cycled to Warrington's twin town of Hilden in Germany to observe first hand the conditions which had enabled them to increase the number of in town trips by bicycle to 23%. He wanted to find out what sort of facilities could produce such success. Instead he found rather mediocre on or off-road provision for cyclists, but a 30km/h (18.6mph) speed limit that had been introduced in the early 1990's to protect cyclists.
Rod campaigned as a member of Warrington Cycle Campaign for a lower speed limit in the town and gradually built up an understanding of the technical issue involved. By 2007 he had formed 20's Plenty for Us in order to help others campaigning for 20mph limits. In 2008 Warrington Borough Council decided to conduct an 18-month experimental 20mph limit on nearly 200 roads. In 2010 the result of this was a recommendation to proceed with implementation across the whole town. However debate about which roads to exclude took some time and although a formula was established it was also agreed that it would not be prescriptive. Finally in 2012 the Executive Board decision was made to roll-out the limits across all residential roads and with the help of LSTF funding this was to be done in the next 3 years. The 20mph limits were first approved by the Lib-Deb/Conservative administration in 2010 and endorsed by the new Labour administration in 2012.
20mph limits are seen in Warrington as a key initiative in developing active travel across the town as well as delivering safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.
Contact Rod King on [email protected]