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  • published Why not "self-explaining" roads? in Blog 2021-02-05 07:19:06 +0000

    Why not "self-explaining" roads?

    I have been having a discussion on LinkedIn with some engineers on the choice of building "self-explaining" roads rather than wide-area speed limits after posting this infographic.  My response was rather too long for the usual character limit on LinkedIn, hence it initiated this blog.

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  • published Pictures in Take Action 2021-01-17 11:21:02 +0000

    Pictures

    Here we have some pictures used by campaigners. You can right click on any of the images to download them.


    Use this photo for your Valentine day Tweets, Facebook and social media posts

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    Campaigners in Chester making and using 20mph signs to remind drivers to keep to the speed limit

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    An Irish child calls for 30km/h limits in UN Global Road Safety Week 2017

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    Aldersgate Street, London

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    Our banner being used outside a school in Buntingford

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    Blackfriars Bridge, London - a main arterial road into the city.

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    A driver shows support for a 30km/h limit

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    A council banner used to support engagement with drivers in London Borough of Camden

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    The squeezed cyclist

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    Enforcement in 20mph areas.

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    Creative campaigners during Halloween

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    Children gain most from 20mph limits making their roads better places to be

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    Campaigners for a 30km/h limit in Argentina

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    Community event in the Isle of Wight

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    Another lamp post banner in Lambeth

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    See the world through the "eyes of a child" and 30mph becomes scary.

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    Another arterial road with a 20mph limit.

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    20's Plenty for cyclists

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    Do you like Quality Streets?

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    A 30mph urban limit is no longer "fit for purpose" in our towns and villages.

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    A bike isn't just for Christmas - its the key to children's independent mobility

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    20's Plenty across the world - This picture from Seattle

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    Each year thousands of residents use their waste bins to say that 20's Plenty 

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    London Mayor, Sadiq Khan made 20's Plenty one of his pledges before election.

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    Life is simply better at 20. 

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  • published What is intelligent speed assistance? in Blog 2021-01-12 14:52:43 +0000

    What is intelligent speed assistance?

    Intelligent Speed Assistance - What it is and how it will affect compliance on speed limits

    A briefing by Rod King for the Welsh Government 20mph Task and Finish Group - 30th December 2019

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  • published Graphics in Take Action 2021-01-10 18:41:19 +0000

    Graphics

    Here we show some graphics that may be used. You can right click on any of the images to download them.


    Our Valentine's Day card 2021, including a 20mph poem, proved popular.  Here it is...


    We have re-created the paper plates first used in Hertfordshire for children to say whey they want a 20mph limit. Here are some examples.

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    The template for the plate is here.

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    Also available as a Word Doc or a PDF file


    A 20's Plenty colouring page for children - Created by Sue Nicholls in our 20's Plenty for Hertfordshire campaign

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    Also available as a Word Doc or a PDF file


     How 20mph/30kmh limits with public engagement beat physical calming in cost effectiveness

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    Impact speeds (MPH) and the equivalent fall from height.

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    The field of vision to observe pedestrians at 20mph and 30mph

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    How vehicle noise decreases between 30mph and 20mph. A 3db decrease is equivalent to halving the noise.

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    British Social Attitude Surveys over the years have shown a consistent 70% in favour of 20mph for residential roads.

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    Risk of death for children

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    Speed: The facts. Taken from a WHO publication.

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    Healthier, Safer, Cleaner graphic

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    How speed Kills Infographic

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    20 Saves a Plenty graphic from Bristol Cycling

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    Its physics! People ask about how 20mph limits reduces emissions. This graphic shows the difference in energy (from fuel) required to reach 20mph or 30mph.

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  • Why 20mph limits are being set by local and national governments and why you should do the same

    It is a near universal aspiration in communities to reduce traffic speed to be more compatible with community life and human survivability.  30mph limit defaults are no longer seen as fit for purpose for urban and village streets. Lower default limits are being set. Choose 20mph.

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  • 20mph is Value for Money: low cost with wide benefits

    Amongst urban and village improvement options, 20mph is top for cost effectiveness. It is wide area for the majority of streets to benefit all road users and travel modes. Casualties fall 20%[1], noise almost halves and active travel rises. Councils can afford it.

    [1] http://www.20splenty.org/20mph_casualty_reduction

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  • Our response to Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2030 Consultation

    The Scottish Government has published its Road Safety Framework to 2030 Draft for consultation.

    We applaud the vision within this that "Our vision is for Scotland to have the best road safety performance in the world by 2030." 

    Scotland's road fatalities per million population stands at 30 this is considerably greater than leaders such as Iceland at 17 and Sweden at 22. Whilst such a radical vision is laudable we are concerned that the plans are not radical enough to catch up and overtake other countries in terms of road safety.

    Our response to the consultation points out that much more must be done if Scotland's performance is to match its' aspirations. It makes particular reference to speed management. 

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  • 20mph Campaigner Amanda Russell from Faversham wins National Award from Brake in Road Safety Week

    Star community campaigner Amanda Russell has won a National Award from the charity Brake for 20mph volunteering. She began 20’s Plenty for Faversham and the town now has the first 20mph town-wide scheme in Kent. Bravo!

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  • Article for Road Safety Markings Association Magazine

    We were asked to write an article for the annual Road Safety Markings Association's annual magazine.

    20’s Plenty – for the 2020’s

    A few year’s ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the RSMA annual conference and noticed the strong commitment to making our streets safer. In that I explained how the movement for slower speed limits on community streets was evolving.

    The 20’s Plenty (or Love 30 as it is known in km/h countries) was making great progress this year even before the Covid-19 pandemic and the realisation that we all needed more space and safety to move around our cities, towns and villages.

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  • commented on Stickers and Campaign Materials 2020-10-21 20:09:40 +0100
    Hi Miranda

    Yes. The heart shape is clearly not a road sign. It uses a different shape in being a heart instead of a circle, it is a “broken heart” in that it is not continuous" and includes the word “mph”. It also has a clear campaigning message. It does not “direct” drivers to drive at 20mph. Hence it cannot be confused with or interpreted as a road sign.

    The signs have been bought and used by campaigners and parish councils in their thousands for use in areas that are campaigning for the Traffic Authority to set a local 20mph speed limit in place of the national 30mph limit.

    The signs are usually used on private land or on Wheelie Bins.

  • Darker Nights: 20mph Widens Fields of Vision and Halves Stopping Distances to Effectively Mitigate Risk At Source

    Clocks go back Sunday 25 October meaning darker nights. Sunset will be from 4.45pm and nightfall from 6pm.  20mph limits widen drivers’ fields of vision. This helps see hazards and take avoiding action earlier. Drivers can stop in half the distance compared to 30mph. 20mph reduces the kinetic energy with fewer deaths or life changing injuries.

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  • published Purchase Banners in Stickers and Campaign Materials 2020-09-28 09:35:09 +0100

    Purchase Banners

    We now have banners available which are 2m long and 60cm high. Why not encourage your school to purchase one for their fence? Remind drivers that 20mph limits are about enabling the community to feel and enable people to feel more comfortable walking and cycling.

    The banners come with eyelets and are from 210gsm polyester fabric which may be washed and recycled.

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    They cost £35 each plus £10 for post and packing. To purchase 1, 2 or 3 banners then just click on the £45, £80 or £115 donations buttons on the left and this will trigger us sending you the banners. Please allow approx 5 working days for delivery. For more than 3 banners or deliveries outside UK please contact us

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  • General Assembly of United Nations say 20’s Plenty

    For the second Decade of Action for Road Safety the United Nations has endorsed the setting of 30km/h (20mph) maximum speed limits wherever pedestrians, cyclists or other vulnerable road users mix with motor vehicles.

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  • published So you want... children to go out in Briefing Sheets 2020-08-02 12:43:50 +0100

    So you want... children to go out

    Children used to roam further than now. There’s COVID yes, but they still need to go places alone. Traffic fear is key.  Wide 20mph limits enable kids to get out - to relatives, friends, parks, shops, play, walk, scoot and cycle.  Confident, sociable, independent, healthy, active travel habits form on safer streets. Obesity, anxiety and loneliness reduce.  Families lead better lives. They say “it takes a village to raise a child” – and that’s so much better with a 20mph limit.

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  • Welsh Government National 20mph Guide – A Global First

    In 2019 the Welsh Government said that 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas. The Task Force Group it set up to “identify the practical actions needed to implement this change” has now reported. The Senedd will debate “Introducing 20mph Speed Limits in Wales” in its session on 15th July 2020.

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  • published 20mph County Campaigning Options in Briefing Sheets 2020-07-04 11:28:50 +0100

    20mph County Campaigning Options

    Organising a 20mph campaign at county council level has many advantages. Our new email a decision maker facility will  work best when communities across an authority work together. There’s power in numbers and especially in focussing on updating policy rather than competing to be a 20mph exception in an otherwise 30mph county.

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  • published Webinar -25th June 2020 2020-06-20 19:03:06 +0100

    Webinar 25th June 2020 - 20's Plenty for Us

    With less traffic on our roads recently, local authorities have been instructed by the Department for Transport to re-allocate road space for walking and cycling – but it’s unclear how long these schemes will last. Worryingly, there is also evidence to suggest that speeding is on the increase on less congested roads. Many local authorities are considering implementing 20mph limits to enable citizens to use streets, roads and public space safely.

    There are also calls for a national default 20mph limit from doctors and many local authorities. The Welsh Government has announced a plan to change its national default urban limit to 20mph. The UK government recently signed the Stockholm Declaration resolving to set 30km/h (20mph) limits as a default where cyclists and pedestrians mix with motors.

    This free webinar was held on Thursday 25th June, organised by Landor Links, and explored:

    • How national 20mph limits could be implemented
    • Health perspectives: road casualties and understanding the load on the NHS
    • How to actively consider roads for 30mph suitability
    • Setting default 20mph limits across cities and regions
    • Communication, information and enforcement
    • Consultation and feedback: community views of 20mph limits
    • Current and future funding opportunities: signing, lining and traffic calming measures
    • Motorists’ behaviour change opportunities
    • What’s happening across the world
    • The role of Intelligent Speed Assistance (speed limiters), mandatory on all new car models from 2022

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  • published Communications with the government on default 20 in Blog 2020-06-20 09:39:13 +0100

    Communications with the government on default 20

    Since launching our campaign on April 9th in support of doctors calling for an emergency default 20mph urban speed limit we have had a number of communications with MPs. ministers and DfT officials. This provides a useful insight into the thinking of the government and its attitude to speed limits. The emails and letters are provided along with our responses.

     

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  • 20mph/30kmh Global News Progress - June 2020

    UK and global progress in adopting 20mph limits is evident in transport recovery responses to social distancing pressures. Politicians are increasingly aware of the scarcity of space to move safely. Slower roads help keep people apart as business reopens.

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  • So you want... to uphold values in sharing roads

    Our moral compass and true direction is set by our values. An urban/village 20mph default limit aligns with what’s truly valuable – assisting the reduction of COVID-19 infection rates, lower emissions, fairness, social justice, protecting the vulnerable, health equality, child development and independence for the elderly and disabled. A national 20mph limit is a smart way to promote key, universally agreed aspirations for a better society long term, especially now road space is scarce.

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