Manchester City Council looks set to introduce more 20mph speed limits in three areas across the city.
There are already 138 smaller 20mph zones outside schools in Manchester but the council is committed to installing 20mph speed limits on all non-major residential roads and will use £500,000 of public health funding for the first phase of the project. The plans will be discussed at an executive meeting of the council on 29 May.
The council says the move is intended to “make Manchester’s roads safer for children and more attractive fro residents”. It also believes it will reduce crashes and encourage more people to cycle and walk in residential areas.
The funding, which is enough to cover three parts of the city, will be allocated to “areas of greatest need to keep children safe”. National statistics show that a child from a deprived area is five times more likely to be killed or seriously injured from a road collision.
Councillor Bernard Priest, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “We already have locations across the city where motorists are required to drive at 20mph to protect children and other pedestrians as well as cyclists. Projects like this have been popular with schools and parents, and have helped to reduce accidents, both here and in other parts of the country.
“We’ve committed to setting up a 20 mph speed limit on residential roads across the city and the first phase is due to start in the next few months when we set up three large areas of the city where this will be in force.”
If council members approve the proposals, a public consultation will be held before the new 20mph areas are created. Traffic surveys would also be carried out before and after the introduction of the zones to monitor results.
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