The UN is calling for action on speed on our streets, worldwide, where we walk, play and live.
Low speed, liveable streets are essential and urgent.
Urgent because low speeds save lives.
Urgent for public health, by making walking and cycling safer and more accessible, enabling and encouraging healthy
lifestyles. Liveable streets are more crucial than ever as we respond to COVID-19.
Urgent for the Global Goals and for our climate, as a key that unlocks a virtuous cycle of zero carbon active travel, shifting
from car dependence, enabling thriving public transportation, cleaner air and lower CO2 emissions.
Urgent for social and racial equity, as it is lower income and minority communities who are most exposed to high-speed
traffic, and the road danger, environmental hazard and social exclusion it causes.
Urgent for the rights of people with disabilities; for the elderly; for all who are vulnerable.
Urgent for our children and youth, and vital for their wellbeing. They are most at risk on the streets where they live, play and
travel to school. Every day 3000 children and young people are killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads. A child hit by
a car at 20 mph (30 km/h) can survive. Hit at 50 mph (80 km/h), most will die. Speed kills.
The 2020 Stockholm Declaration, adopted by governments worldwide, calls for a focus on liveable streets and, in line with
available evidence, a maximum road travel speed of 20mph where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. The focus of UN's Global Road Safety Week in 2021 is 20 mph.
Commitment to this approach must be at the forefront of the new Decade of Action for Road Safety to achieve the Global Goals.
Now is the time to urgently deliver on this call to action by reducing, designing and enforcing traffic speeds that are safe for
everyone, everywhere, prioritising low speed streets in all residential areas and near schools.
Streets for health. Streets for climate. Streets for people. We must act together to create #StreetsForLife.
Global pressure is mounting on legislators to reset speed limits for #Streetsforlife – designed for flourishing human activities. Whether protecting humans and quality of life in Kent or Kenya, it’s 20mph/30kmh that’s global best practice where people mix with motors. Norming 20mph/30kmh is the sole call of the biennial UNGRSW by the UN and WHO. Local politicians must update policy to #ActOn20mph #Love20 #Love30.
Ask National Government elected representatives for decisive action too. Email your MPRead more
It is smart for national governments to set national urban/village default speed limits of 20mph or 30km/h.
Local governments in towns, cities and villages around the world are rejecting nationally set 30mph or 50km/h speed limits as no longer “fit for purpose” in meeting the needs of citizens and society. 20mph or 30km/h is now seen as the maximum safe speed limit where motor vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists unless there are adequate segregated and crossing provisions.
National governments should set 20mph or 30km/h as their national default urban/village speed limit.Read more
A nearly universal aspiration in communities is to make traffic speed compatible with community life and human survivability. A 30mph limit is no longer fit for purpose for urban and village streets. Lower default limits are being set. Choose 20mph.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Its great to see Bilbao adopting a 30kmh (18.5mph) limit for most streets.
The following is taken from the Red de Cuidades por la Bicicleta website and has been translated by Google Translate