Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Living Streets, the charity that used to be the Pedestrian’s Association. But the benefits of reduced traffic speeds aren’t just for those of us who live without owning a car. For local councils in urban areas, a 20mph default limit is practically a silver bullet, hitting more public policy targets for less money than practically any other single measure – whether it’s cutting deaths and injuries, increasing active travel (cutting obesity) reducing emissions, or just making anywhere a whole lot nicer. The evidence is piling up: the 30 mph speed limit was introduced in 1934 when there were 2 million cars in the UK: today there are over 28 million. We know all about the consequences, and it’s time for a change. When it comes to traffic in towns, 20’s Plenty.