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
Thanks to StreetFilms of New York who have recently created a new video that shows our success.
Founder and Campaign Director of 20's Plenty for Us, Rod King, was asked to speak at the annual Academic Lecture held by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland on the subject of 30km/h speed limits at the start of their annual Road Safety Week on 2nd October 2017.
Rod King MBE, Founder of 20’s Plenty for Us has been recognized by the Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA). He won the IRVA’s Global ‘Light of Hope’ Award 2017 in Mullingar, Ireland on 19th November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Rod King has voluntarily campaigned for 20mph/30km/h road speed limits since 2005.
Far from having a “national” urban speed limit of 30mph, this has been rejected by local authorities for a quarter of the UK population. All but two Inner London Boroughs and over half of the UK’s largest urban authorities now have a 20mph limit for most roads. Rather than just “recommending” 20mph limits the government should set a national 20mph limit and permit local authorities to justify any higher limits.Read more
Seattle has agreed 20mph limits for residential streets and 25mph for downtown arterial roads towards Vision Zero (zero road deaths). Dublin, Grenoble, Valencia, Milan and Paris are cities agreeing 30km/h (18mph) default limits. 20’s Plenty is international.
30km/h is becoming the new standard and best practice for cities and communities around the world that want to increase their liveability. In February 2020 30km/h was referenced in the Stockholm Declaration and endorsed by 130 Road Safety Ministers from around the world as the key initiative for Speed Management.
In August 2020 the General Assembly of the UN endorsed the Stockholm Declaration as the foundation for its 2nd Decade of Action on Road Safety 2021-2030.
The key resolution is that countries should:-
"Focus on speed management, including the strengthening of law enforcement to prevent speeding and mandate a maximum road travel speed of 30 km/h in areas where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix in a frequent and planned manner, except where strong evidence exists that higher speeds are safe, noting that efforts to reduce speed in general will have a beneficial impact on air quality and climate change as well as being vital to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries;”
We now have local campaigns in USA in mph but also Ireland, Australia and Canada in km/h. Whilst there are legal jurisdictions that are different in each country the benefits of lower limits and vehicle speeds for residential and urban streets are the same across the world. As our campaign grows we expect to see many more local campaigns saying the 20 is Plenty in mph or how they Love 30 in kmh.