The seventh annual 20mph Places Conference, which takes place on 26 February, will include an interim report on a national evaluation of 20mph limits being carried out for the DfT.
The conference, themed ‘Ready for 20‘, is being organised by 20’s Plenty for Us and hosted by the City of London Corporation in the Guildhall. It will demonstrate how 20mph limits are being adopted across the UK and Europe, and is intended to be of interest to local authorities, transport organisations, NGOs and 20mph campaigners.
20’s Plenty points out that wide area 20mph limits are being adopted in most of the UK’s iconic cities and says there is "pressure for 20mph to become the national default limit where people live, work, shop and learn".
The campaign group claims that the recognition of benefits from 20mph limits now go "far beyond road danger reduction" to include a more attractive public realm, public health, active travel, noise, emission and traffic reduction.
A session at the conference titled ‘analytical perspectives‘ will open with the first public presentation by Atkins who have been commissioned by the DfT to analyse and report on the effectiveness of 20mph limit implementations. The presentation will provide a common methodology for analysis of places with maturing 20mph limits and look at the outcomes on a range of issues including road casualties, speeds, noise, active travel, public health and liveability.
The conference will also include session titled ‘capital perspectives’ whch will look at the roll out of 20mph limits in London and Edinburgh, while a session titled community perspectives will include presentations by the Road Safety Markings Association and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS).