A report into 20mph zones, commissioned by the DfT, has provided ‘very positive interim results’, according to 20’s Plenty for Us.
The interim results of the study, carried out by Atkins, were revealed during the seventh national ‘Ready for 20mph’ conference which was held in London on 26 February.
The Atkins findings, based on thousands of interviews and questionnaires in 15 case study areas, reveal that 75% of those interviewed supported 20mph limits after implementation, compared with 50% before.
Two thirds of drivers interviewed said the new limits were a ‘good idea’. 60% of residents thought that 20mph had provided a safer environment, while three quarters felt that 20mph limits were beneficial for their community.
At the 20’s Plenty conference, which attracted almost 100 attendees, councillor Ramesh Patel, Cardiff’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, announced that 20mph limits will be implemented across the city.
In a UK first, the Cardiff scheme will be part funded by motoring fines.
The conference also included presentations from councillors and transport and public health officers from the City of London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Transport for London and Lambeth who outlined their ‘successful 20mph implementations’.
David Davies, exec director of PACTS, presented on ‘safe system, safe speed’. He reviewed the evidence on outcomes of 20mph and 30kph limits and concluded that these showed modest speed reductions. He called for more focus on establishing outcomes and for lower limits to be backed with other measures. He suggested new vehicle technology such as ISA might help.
Talking about the conference, Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “From the hosting and venue to the presentations and presenters, this was an excellent, informative and inspiring conference which reflects the huge success that the 20’s Plenty movement are achieving.”
FOOTNOTE: all of the conference presentations, including the Atkins’ presentation can be downloaded here.