A Grant Shapps presidency of the International Transport Forum of the OECD is an opportunity to save millions of lives
The presidency of the ITF rotates amongst its 64 member countries and is being transferred to UK near the start of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety 2021-2030. This is a unique opportunity for UK Secretary of State, Grant Shapps to provide leadership and #CommitToAct by reducing the national urban speed limit to 20mph, a proven road safety initiative that could save millions of lives if adopted worldwide. This is a key call of the ITF and others to set 30km/h and 20mph limits wherever motors mix with people.Read more
Setting 20mph/30kmh limits fits with global goals for health, sustainability and the climate. Though at first glance speeds seem to be about roads, actually they are about people and the world we want to live in. Broad and lasting benefits accrue to people and planet from normalising 20mph/30kmh. Climate, safety, active travel, place-making, the economy and quality of life are all helped. Lower speed limits have wins now and for future generations.Read more
30mph / 50kmh speeds aren’t cutting it for our 21st century lives. They’ve already been rejected by Spain, Wales and local authorities covering 1/3rd of UK population as not fit for purpose. Attend a free webinar on Thursday 20 May at 2.30pm for UN Global Road Safety Week on how nations are setting national default 20mph/30kmh for urban and village #streetsforlife.Read more
So many cities, towns and counties have rejected their national default limits of 30mph or 50km/h and set lower limits for most roads. It is not because their roads are abnormal, but because the national limit is seen as no longer meeting the community needs. But that can and is being changed at national level.
Now that 20mph or 30km/h limit is accepted as the urban best practice norm, we examine the case for setting the limit at national level. This provides so many benefits in terms of value for money, consistency, messaging and results.
- Hear how Spain becomes first country to set its national urban 30km/h default in May 2021
- Hear how Wales is planning a national 20mph default for 2023
- Hear the benefits from national implementation over city by city
- Hear the WHO global view on 30km/h urban limits
- Hear the campaigner view on a 20mph national urban limit
- Hear the medical and public health case for lower speeds
The webinar will be chaired by Deborah Sims, Senior Vice President, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Speakers already confirmed are :-
- Álvaro Gómez Méndez, Head of the National Road Safety Observatory, DGT, Spain
- Nhan Tran, Head of Safety and Mobility, WHO
- Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Wales
- Scarlett McNally, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Eastbourne DGH
- Richard Thorold, Trustee, Louis Thorold Foundation
- Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director, 20’s Plenty for Us
After short presentations there will be a panel discussion answering questions from attendees.
Whether you are a campaigner, politician, transport engineer, road safety professional, public health professional or NGO you will find this webinar a ground-breaking one by discussing the UNGRSW call at a national level. It also shows the way forward to using 30km/h and 20mph limits as the foundation for the future liveability of our urban and village spaces, and for the UN's 2nd Decade of Action on Road Safety - 2021 to 2030.
The webinar is free and you can register here.
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