#Roads & Transport
Brighton & Hove City Council + UK Government
United Kingdom

In 2008-9 141 people were killed or seriously injured on roads in the city. Thirteen of these were children.

It is now widely recognised that the most effective measure that can be taken to lower the number of serious road casualties is to reduce traffic speed [1]

Many towns and cities across the country have already decided to set speed limits at 20mph across large urban areas. These include: Glasgow, Portsmouth, Leicester, Norwich and Bristol.

Many residents and community groups throughout the city have called for traffic speed reductions on their local roads. Alas their calls usually go unanswered unless there is a history of casualties at the site. Too often a case of too little too late.

Additional benefits of reduced traffic speed include:
1. Reduced emissions and improved traffic flow – as proven by research in Germany where 30kph (19mph) speed limits have long been commonplace. [2]
2. Improved sociability - recent research in Bristol found that relationships between residents increased and improved on streets with lower traffic speed. [3].
3. Safer conditions for walking and cycling

On-line resources:

[1] someone struck by a car at 35mph has a 50% chance of survival. At 20mph this increase to 97%. www.rospa.com/roadsafety/advice/driving/speed_policy.htm
[2] Dr Carmen Hass-Klau. An illustrated Guide to Traffic Calming p3.
[3] Joshua Hart (2008). Driven to Excess. www.driventoexcess.org
[4] As defined in the Road Traffic Regulation Act (1984) as streets with streetlamps no more than 183 metres apart.

In order to make our streets safer, more attractive and enjoyable places to be: we, the residents of, and visitors to Brighton & Hove call for the implementation of 20mph speed limits on residential roads across the city.

Specifically we:

1. Call on Brighton & Hove City Council to implement 20mph speed limits in areas where people live, work, play or go to school.

2. Call on the UK Government to change the standard default speed limit on 'restricted roads' in built up areas from 30mph to 20mph.

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The 20's Plenty for Brighton & Hove petition to Brighton & Hove City Council + UK Government was written by Brighton and Hove Green Party and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.