Primary school children in Edinburgh have been creating 20mph-themed artwork in support of the ongoing rollout of 20mph roads across the city.
Phase one of the scheme went live in July 2016. At the time, the council said the new limits are aimed at increasing safety for all road users as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets.
Phase three of the project, covering areas west of the city such as Clermiston and Clovenstone, is due to come into effect on 16 August. Preparations are already underway, including the erection of new signs.
In anticipation of the launch, children from the local Flora Stevenson’s Primary School have been producing 20mph-themed posters to ‘drive home the message that slower speeds are safer’.
Slogans used by the children include ‘30’s dirty – so don’t do it; 20’s plenty – so do it’, and ‘Go slow – 20’s plenty’.
City of Edinburgh Council says driving more slowly reduces the number and severity of casualties, adding that a person is seven times more likely to survive if they are hit by a car driving at 20mph, than if they are hit at 30mph.
Cllr Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener, said: "These pupils have done a great job creating some really eye-catching artwork urging drivers to watch their speed.
“With children, older people and those with mobility or sensory issues most at risk from excessive speeds, it’s a no-brainer to introduce 20mph in residential and shopping streets across the city, as well as the city centre, as we work towards Vision Zero where everyone is kept safe from the risk of being killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“If you live or work in the Phase 3 area, look out for the new 20mph signs going up in the coming weeks, ahead of the new limit coming into force on 16 August.”
Irene Brennan, recently retired head teacher of Flora Stevenson’s Primary School, said: "20mph is a huge benefit to children at Flora Stevenson’s school because we’re on an extremely busy crossroads and if the traffic is slowed down then it gives the children a better opportunity to judge the speed of traffic for crossing.
"Obviously children are more badly hurt if they get hit by a car travelling at 30 than a car travelling at 20 so I think it’s really important in the city that we do slow down and look after the children."
In June 2017, researchers at the University of Edinburgh launched a new study which will evaluate the impact of 20mph speed limits in two British cities – Belfast and Edinburgh – over the next three years.