20mph the topic for first RSGB podcast

09.15 | 14 December 2018 | | | 2 comments

In the inaugural Road Safety News podcast, Nick Rawlings and Jeremy Leach enjoy a convivial discussion about ‘all things 20mph’.

‘RSGB Talks’ – the title for the new podcast – will become a regular feature on Road Safety News during 2019.

In each edition, Nick Rawlings, editor of Road Safety News, will be joined by a guest to discuss a different road safety topic.

In the 18-minute launch podcast, Nick is joined by Jeremy Leach, London campaign coordinator for 20’s Plenty for Us.

The pair briefly review the recently published DfT/Atkins report, with Nick seeking Jeremy’s views on the report’s conclusion that there is no evidence of a reduction in collisions and casualties following the introduction of 20mph limits (3mins 3secs).

Nick and Jeremy go on to discuss what’s next for 20’s Plenty for Us, in particular the campaign’s mission to reduce the default speed limit in urban areas from 30mph to 20mph – a move which Nick suggests could alienate drivers who currently support 20mph limits (8mins).

Jeremy also explains how he first become involved with 20’s Plenty and provides insight about what it’s like to work with Rod King MBE, founder of the campaign group (15mins 9secs).

Nick Rawlings said: “Podcasting is new for me, but I couldn’t have had a better first guest than Jeremy.

“I really enjoyed our discussions and hope readers will find RSGB Talks an interesting addition to the Road Safety News service.”

  • Click here to listen to the first edition of RSGB talks.

Anyone interested in being a guest in a future podcast should contact Nick Rawlings by email.


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    I think the questions were useful and not awkward at all. And thanks to Nick for the opportunity.

    If Nick does get round to interviewing Jesse Norman then perhaps Nick could ask the questions.

    You spent £1m and 4 years investigating the effect of 20mph limits but chose case study areas where all but one were too small in casualty numbers (less than 20 per annum) to have any statistical significance whatever the results. Why did the DfT choose case study areas which were always destined to produce no evidence that was statistically significant?

    Another one could be:

    Your report included speed measurement based on TomTom data which the authors accepted was a very low sample count (estimated at 3%) and also subject to affluence and behaviour bias. Is it credible to use such data purely because its available when there is no analysis of how unrepresentative it may be?

    More questions could be taken from our response to the report within our letter to Local Transport Today at http://www.20splenty.org/local_transport_today_letter

    Rod King, Warrington
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    I like the podcast idea and look forward to more topics in the future. Nick, I hope you carry on gently asking all your guests the awkward questions.

    One point, can you please record it a bit louder in future? I had the speakers on my PC cranked up to max to hear the podcast clearly.

    Pat, Wales
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