A recent survey by the road safety charity, Brake, shows that over three quarters of the public (yes that’s you) are in favour of a blanket 20mph speed limit in residential areas, town centres, and near schools.
The charity is currently in the midst of a campaign to get politicians to back a move to 20mph, so publishing a survey showing it is popular with voters will help their cause.
The charity also says that reducing the speed limit would improve public health, as social activity increases and people feel safer to ride bikes and walk for longer distances.
The Brake deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, said, “The GO 20 campaign is about defending everyone’s right to walk and cycle freely without being endangered, whether it’s to get to work, school, the shops, or just getting out and being active. With many people already reaping the benefits of living in 20mph areas, we’re reaching a point where it makes no sense to retain 30mph as the default limit in built-up areas. It’s time for the government to GO 20 nationally, to save councils money and help create safe, active, happy communities nationwide.”
We’re not so sure that reducing the speed of cars will have the widespread effect of creating healthy happier communities as suggested, not unless at the same time she is going to outlaw video games, greatly reduce inner city crime, and give most people more hours in the day to actually go and take part in these activities. In fact we can see an increase in driving related stress, and the negative effects associated with it. But we won’t mention that, as it doesn’t fit with brakes utopian vision of community that a 20mph speed limit will create. We are not saying it won’t help to some degree, but we’re just not sure their claims are realistic.
What do you think?