Survey Finds Support for 20mph Zones

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2nd April 2014 14:46 - Transport and Distribution

A recent survey regarding speed limits around schools, in residential streets and in village, town and city centres, has revealed that almost four fifths (78%) of respondents  backed the campaign run by Brake for twenty mph zones such as those already in Portsmouth to be extended across the country.

The charity said that seven-in-ten (72%) of those surveyed felt roads in their town or village need to be made safer for walking.

Break said that areas where twenty mph limits have been introduced have seen casualty rates fall, with Portsmouth recording a 22% dip in casualties and Camden in North London seeing crashes reduce by half (54%).

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said:

“The GO 20 campaign is about defending everyone’s right to walk and cycle freely without being endangered, whether it’s to get to work, school, the shops, or just getting out and being active… It’s clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about - and it’s clear this is what people want.”

Allianz Insurance chief executive Jon Dye said:

“Public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of reducing the urban speed limit to 20mph and this should act as a powerful force for change.”

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