Survey shows “overwhelming public support” for default 20mph limit: Brake
The charity says there is “overwhelming public support” for 20mph limits, and is calling on politicians to back its introduction as the default urban speed limit.
Other findings in the survey include: 72% of respondents agreed that roads in their town or village need to be made safer for walking and cycling; 81% said traffic travels too fast on some (51%) or most (30%) of their local roads; 79% said more people would be encouraged to walk or cycle if roads in their town or village were made safer.
Brake and Allianz Insurance are hosting a parliamentary reception today to discuss the benefits of 20mph limits and progress being made by local authorities in implementing them. Speakers include Robert Goodwill MP, road safety minister.
Brake argues that with an estimated 12.5 million people in the UK now living in areas implementing or committed to widespread 20mph limits, the country is reaching a tipping point where it makes social and economic sense to make a national change in the default urban limit, “to the benefit of communities everywhere”.
Brake says that areas that have already introduced 20mph limits have seen “significant reductions in casualties”, including Portsmouth where they fell by 22%, and Camden where crashes reduced by 54%, according to the charity.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, 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.
“We need to tackle the senseless and violent casualties that continue to happen daily on our roads, and we need to enable people to live healthy, active, social lives. It's clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about - and it's clear this is what people want. That's why so many local authorities are making the switch from 30mph to 20mph.
“With many people already reaping the benefits of living in 20mph areas, we're reaching a point where it makes no sense to retain 30mph as the default limit in built-up areas.
“It's time for the Government to GO 20 nationally, to save councils money and help create safe, active, happy communities nationwide."