A campaign group says ‘30mph has been rejected in favour of 20mph as best practice’ following the announcement that a new 20mph zone in Sheffield city centre will encompass more than 300 roads.
The new zone, confirmed by Sheffield City Council on 17 October, will come into effect by the end of 2017.
The campaign group 20’s Plenty for Sheffield is ‘celebrating another win’ and is urging the local council to give priority to informing residents of the benefits of lower speed limits. The group is calling for a ‘full driver engagement plan for behaviour change for safer streets’.
Sheffield City Council committed to a gradual 20mph rollout in 2012, with 20mph limits now operating in around a third of the city’s residential areas. The new city centre limits will impact every street apart from a few major routes.
Richard Attwood, 20’s Plenty for Sheffield, said: “We are pleased to see a legally enforceable 20mph maximum speed limit being put in place across the centre of our great city.
“20’s plenty for Sheffield now urges the council and its statutory partners to give greater priority to informing Sheffielders of the many benefits arising from lower speeds, so they may more readily choose to comply with the new limits."
Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council cabinet member for transport and sustainability, said: “I’m pleased that the 20mph consultation was received so positively. This Labour council is absolutely determined to improve road safety throughout the city and 20mph zones play a big role in this.
“Not only do speeds reduce, there’s a reduction in the severity of the accidents and an improvement in air quality.”
20’s Plenty for us says 15 million people in the UK live in places ‘where 20mph is normal’, and that ‘worldwide 30mph is being ditched for 20mph as the emerging best practice norm where people matter more than vehicles’.
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