Councillor Anna Semlyen has been named ‘National Campaigner of the Year’ by the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign, for her voluntary work in York.
Cllr Semlyen was presented with the award by Phil Moore, chair of the Local Authority Technical Advisory Group, at the recent 4th Annual 20mph Places Conference in Coventry (23 May).
Anna Semlyen was seriously injured in a road collision in 1992 and has campaigned for road safety since 1996. She also authored ‘Cutting Your Car Use’, which to date has sold 140,000 copies.
Anna established 20’s Plenty for York in 2008 and has gathered a strong group of campaigners around her. She successfully stood for election to City of York Council on a ‘20mph ticket’ in 2011 and since then has campaigned for implementation of an authority-wide 20mph limit. Funding was agreed in 2012 and rollout will commence in 2013.
Rod King, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “Anna has always been a very strong campaigner in York for creating the political and moral imperative for lower speeds. Her commitment has been sustained and of the highest quality.
“In 2010 she was appointed as national campaign manager for 20’s Plenty for Us, but her local work continued on a voluntary basis. While she has been an undoubted asset to the national campaign, today it is her local campaigning efforts and success that we acknowledge and celebrate.”
Anna Semlyen said: “I’m so proud. 20mph limits save lives and injuries. Nowhere else is such a public health danger tolerated, especially to children or the elderly.
“York is at the forefront of civilising streets. There will be better, safer streets, and less danger, suffering or noise in our lives when 20mph limits are widespread.”