Rod King, founder of the ‘20’s Plenty for Us’ campaign, has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to road safety.
Rod King has been campaigning for the safety of vulnerable road users since 2000. In 2004, on a visit to Hilden in Germany, he identified the introduction of a 30km/h limit as the basis of a successful walking and cycling strategy in the town, which led to 23% of all trips in the town made by bicycle.
The visit inspired him to launch a personal campaign, in his home town of Warrington and nationally, to canvass for 20mph limits on most residential streets.
In 2007 Rod set up 20’s Plenty for Us in order to support communities that want to lower speeds on their roads. The voluntary organisation now has 200 local campaigns and has been influential in the ‘Total 20’ policies already adopted by local authorities which serve 12 million residents.
Rod King said: “To be honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to Road Safety’ is significant, not only as recognition of my personal efforts but also of the enormous progress which has been made in establishing lower speeds as the norm on community roads.
“We are moving from a past tradition of accepting that motor vehicles could dominate where people lived, worked and shopped into one where we share the streets more equitably and enable people to choose to walk or cycle without fear of fast traffic.
“It really is “Time for 20” and this honour is very gratefully received. Perhaps most of all it signifies that 20’s Plenty for Us is much more than a campaign for change, but is a movement towards a more civilised way of sharing our streets.”
For more information contact Rod King on 07973639781.