WHO adds its voice to evidence that 20mph limits are required for authorities to meet “duty of care” responsibilities

The World Health Organization’s call for 30km/h (20mph) limits as best practice where motorised traffic mixes with pedestrians and cyclists confirms the evidence that a 30mph limit permits speeds which are not consistent with the Common Law duty of councils to protect people when creating, designing or maintaining highways. Continue reading

Scottish 20mph Default Limit Could Save £56M pa

£56M pa is the estimated value of preventing casualties on Scottish 30mph urban roads by lowering the limit to 20mph. 20’s Plenty for Us calculate that a 20mph default limit on Scottish roads would prevent 7 deaths, 123 serious and 812 slight casualties pa.  Continue reading

Public Health Research Shows a 20mph Default Speed Limit Could Save £58-£94M in Wales

“Road traffic injuries, air pollution and obesity are an inter-related, interdependent triad. The challenge facing public health is identifying robust interventions with positive effects on all three”[1].  Public Health Wales researchers have quantified the benefits of default 20 mph limits and say it is “the solution”1 to increasing public health problems. [1] Reproduced from The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Twenty miles per hour speed limits: a sustainable solution to public health problems in Wales, Sarah J Jones, Huw Brunt, Mar 23, 2017, with permission from BMJ Publishing Group Ltd  http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/23/jech-2016-208859.full Continue reading

Norwich and West Dunbartonshire Councils vote for Default 20mph

Norwich and West Dunbartonshire Councils have voted for a 20mph default speed limit. 20’s Plenty for Us is delighted to add them to the growing list of 50+ places adopting 20mph. 20mph protects everyone from avoidable harm by reducing road risk and increasing air quality and exercise levels. 17m people live in places committed to 20mph. Continue reading

Manchester Found Casualties Falling in its 20mph Areas

Manchester reported on their first 20mph limits. It resolved to complete Phase 2 of the 20 mph programme, continue supporting phases 1 and 2 of the 20mph scheme and monitor and review data to increase its understanding. It incorrectly compared % falls for small number samples in already safer than average areas versus citywide.   Continue reading

World Health Organization Choose 20’s Plenty for Us to Work on a Slow Down Day Toolkit

The World Health Organization (WHO) have chosen 20’s Plenty for Us to write an action toolkit for the United Nations’ (UN) call for slower road speeds. Slow Down Days will run in mid May globally. This is a world class recognition of 20’s Plenty’s expertise in helping community volunteers with speed management activism. Continue reading

Call to Action: Join the Worldwide Community Push for Slower Speeds

The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging people to take local action for the United Nations’ (UN) call for slower road speeds. Slow Down Days will run in mid May. These are street events by community volunteers wanting speed management.  Please run your own local event and work together to gain leverage globally!     Continue reading

Robert Molteno and Susie Morrow are recognised for 20mph limit campaigning in Wandsworth

Robert Molteno and Susie Morrow of 20’s Plenty for Wandsworth and Wandsworth Living Streets have won the 20’s Plenty for Us Campaigner of the Year Award.  We congratulate their skillful, consistent voluntary work to improve their streets. Continue reading

Healthy 20mph Conference in Birmingham Report

Healthy places was the theme of the 9th Annual 20mph Conference on 8th March in Birmingham. Making 20mph the normal speed limit goes beyond road safety to provide a better quality outdoor environment to built up areas.  Calmer traffic means less risk and pollution. Numerous wellness benefits follow as populations of whole towns begin to slightly change their exercise, mental and physical habits due to living in a happier, safer, cleaner and quieter community.    Continue reading

Public Health Staff Should Attend the 20mph & Health Conference on 8 March in Birmingham

20mph limits tackle many public health issues including street safety, physical exercise, obesity, coronary heart disease and more. Public Health staff are strongly encouraged to attend the 20’s Plenty for Healthier Places Conference on Weds 8th March 2017. Health and slower speed experts will discuss best practice, innovation, research and cost effectiveness.  20mph limits are healthy and affordable.  Councillors set local speeds Continue reading

20mph Success in Kent - Swale's Joint Transportation Board Unanimously Agree Wide 20mph limits

20mph limits have been unanimously agreed by 11 Councillors on Swale’s Joint Transportation Board in Kent. The vote was won on 19th December.  All Councillors supported 20mph for built up areas of Faversham and to widen its benefits to the Borough of Swale. 20’s Plenty for Faversham and Kent are celebrating this success. Continue reading

20's Plenty for Healthier Places

The 20’s Plenty for Healthier Places Conference will be on Weds 8th March 2017 in Birmingham, near New Street station in the Council’s banqueting suite. Experts on speed reduction will cover health-themed best practice, innovation, research, policy and cost effectiveness. Please save the date, list it in your listings and invite Councillors and Public Health Directors. Continue reading

Isle of Wight Full Council Vote For 20mph limits

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.”   Open PDF Continue reading

20mph win for Seattle and 30km/h News from Europe

Seattle has agreed 20mph limits for residential streets  and 25mph for downtown arterial roads towards Vision Zero (zero road deaths). Dublin[1], Grenoble, Valencia, Milan and Paris are cities agreeing 30km/h (18mph) default limits. 20’s Plenty is international. Open PDF [1] http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/speed-limits-to-be-reduced-to-30km-h-across-dublin-1.2653820 Continue reading

Scottish 20mph Default Moves Closer

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.   Continue reading

20mph As Scotland’s National Limit

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. Continue reading

New London Mayor backs "20's Plenty for Us" campaign

The London mayoral candidate with the pledge to support 20's Plenty for Us wins election. In his election manifesto, Sadiq Khan said "I will encourage the roll out of 20mph zones across the city by backing the '20’s Plenty For Us' campaign". And with other candidates also committing to 20mph limits then this was a common theme across the election. Continue reading

DfT Cycling and Walking Strategy: Demand default 20mph

A 20mph national speed limit is the single most cost-effective change possible to boost cycling and walking.  20mph limits can treble cycling to school. Localism on setting safer speed limits isn’t enough; the Government must lead with a 20mph default for built up areas.   Continue reading

20mph Conference Focussing on Scotland

The first 20mph conference focussing on Scotland will be on  8th June 2016.  Hosted by 20’s Plenty for Us and City of Edinburgh Council, the event features the UK’s top speakers and the latest in best practice on road danger reduction.  Book now for early bird rates. Continue reading

Cardiff to set 20mph limits across the city

20mph limits are coming to Cardiff. The Welsh capital is joining most of inner London and Edinburgh setting 20mph for most roads. This marks a shift in Wales and in funding 20mph with motoring fines. It’s confirmation of 20mph for UK capital residents and as a universal aspiration for those in built up areas. Continue reading

20MPH Conference Attracts 'Big Hitters' & Cardiff Announce 20's Plenty

City of London hosted the 7th National ‘Ready for 20mph’ conference in its prestigious Guildhall on 26 February. The UK’s big players on 20mph gave presentations to almost 100 attendees. Cardiff’s cabinet member for Transport announced it will go 20mph. Continue reading

Vincent Walsh - Campaigner of the Year 2016

Vincent Walsh has been recognised for his voluntary services to 20mph campaigning at the National 20mph conference in London. The Manchester based campaigner successfully persuaded his local authority to roll out 20mph limits.  Continue reading

300th 20’s Plenty 20mph Campaign Formed

20’s Plenty for Us is now 300 campaign branches strong and UK-wide. Selling in Kent is the latest place where volunteers are supported by the national 20mph campaign lobbying for safer, better streets.  Continue reading

Wide 20mph Approved by Cheshire West & Chester

Cheshire West & Chester Councillors agreed wide area 20mph limits on 6th January 2016. It’s a great win – both as a model for other authorities with dispersed communities and for 20’s Plenty for Chester.  Continue reading

20mph Limits for Older People and Independent Ageing

Older people can stay safer and more connected with a community-wide 20mph speed limit. 20’s Plenty for Us is calling for 20mph limits for a better future for older people to assist them to travel independently for longer.   Continue reading

20’s Plenty for Wales: Mae Hugain yn Ddigon to #GetWalesWalking

Welsh branches of 20’s Plenty for Us are attending the #GetWalesWalking launch[1] on 4th November organised by Living Streets at the National Assembly for Wales – the Senedd. Campaigners are calling for a 20mph default speed for built up areas of Wales. [1] http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/get-wales-walking-living-streets-manifesto-2016-launch?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0 Continue reading

20mph Limits Offer A Toxic Diesel Fume Reduction Equivalent to Taking Half of All Petrol Cars Away

Diesel emissions dominate urban road pollution with about ten times the toxicity of petrol fumes. As 20mph limits reduce the most toxic diesel fumes, setting a wide 20mph limit is equivalent to removing nearly half of all petrol cars. This massive air quality and public health gain must be implemented urgently and nationally to reduce the 30,000 annual UK deaths from air pollution. Continue reading

Important new wins for 20mph speed limits in London

Rapid progress on 20mph speed limits is continuing in London as Lewisham announces its timetable for the introduction of a 20mph limit across the borough. Lewisham plans to bring in its borough-wide limit by July 2016. By that date 10 of the 13 inner London boroughs will have borough-wide 20mph limits. The 20mph movement is also gaining momentum in the outer London boroughs with five boroughs rolling out 20mph policies across their streets.  Continue reading

Action a Public Health & Road Safety Plan with 20mph

Road casualties, especially of vulnerable people, are rising[1]. 20’s Plenty for Us say we must change our attitudes to sharing the public spaces we call roads. 20mph is a popular tool for more fairness with safety and quality of life benefits.  20’s Plenty ask authorities to state their vision for public health and transport and to action default 20mph limits. [1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-main-results-2014 Continue reading

Are 20mph repeaters a relic of the 1990’s?

With the majority of largest 40 urban authorities adopting 20mph as the limit for most roads, isn’t it time we just put limit repeater reminders on the 30mph roads? This would hugely reduce costs and enable wider implementation in line with community and government objectives. Continue reading

Is York’s transport cabinet member’s idea to raise residential limits 50% from 20mph to 30mph desirable, deliverable or even legal? - It disadvantages the disabled, elderly and children

Setting speed limits may not be done at the whim of an individual councillor and must follow due process democratically and in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and national DfT guidance. The idea of raising speeds by 50% from 20mph to 30mph is contrary to elected representative duties under child protection, public sector equality and disability discrimination. In our opinion it would be illegal. Continue reading

Honours for Key 20’s Plenty Partners

Three key partner organisations of 20’s Plenty for Us are celebrating Queen’s Honours for their staff.  Sustrans, Living Streets and the CTC all support 20mph and campaign for slower speeds as a foundation for active, healthy and sustainable travel. Congratulations to our sustainable transport friends!  Continue reading

Is "30k OK" as the default speed limit for urban and village roads in Ireland?

Having been invited to the Road Safety Authority conference on Child Safety (02/04/15) to talk about the success of the 20’s Plenty 20mph campaign and adoption in the UK, Rod King MBE reflects on how a similar 30km/h limit could be set in Ireland. Continue reading

Myra James from Calderdale is awarded 20mph Campaigner of the Year

Calderdale’s Myra James was announced as 20’s Plenty for Us National Campaigner of the year at the 20mph Conference on 12 March.  It recognises her successful volunteering to win 20mph limits across Calderdale’s streets. Continue reading

20mph National Urban Limit: A Plan for Total 20 by 2020

With most of the UK’s largest councils having rejected the “national 30mph limit” as unfit for purpose, its time for DfT to stop imposing unnecessary 20mph repeater signs as if they were exceptions.  The DfT should announce a transition plan to a national 20mph norm to save millions Continue reading

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World Health Organisation say 20's Plenty

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.   Continue reading