A petition calling on Bristol City Council to abandon the city’s 20mph speed limits has attracted more than 5,900 signatures which means the council will now have to hold a debate on the subject.
Bristol’s 20mph limits are being rolled out in eight phases, with seven phases now complete and the final phase scheduled to go live later this year.
Bristol City Council is promoting the scheme using the slogans ‘Bristol’s better at 20’ and ‘A little bit slower. A whole lot better’.
The council’s website about the scheme says: “Lowering the speed limit will help make the streets safer for all road users. Those hit by a car at 20mph are far more likely to walk away with bruises and minor injuries than those hit at 30mph.
“The 20mph project is not a stand alone project, other measures such as local safety schemes and pedestrian and cycle training at schools will also help improve road safety.”
The petition calling for the scheme to be abandoned reads as follows: “George Ferguson (mayor of Bristol) has wasted £2.3m of tax payers money to implement a completely ludicrous 20mph limit over most of Bristol which he intends to extend to the whole city. No driver objects to a 20mph limit near a school for example but a blanket roll out is totally absurd.
“We the undersigned are of the opinion that roads will only be made more dangerous with frustrated drivers and people watching the speedo rather than where they’re going!
“30mph has been in place for many years, and is the national speed limit because it is ample control in urban areas except for specific spots.
“Restore common sense and reverse this stupid waste of money. The Bristol public don’t need GF preaching this rubbish at the tax payer expense!”