Public support for 20mph limits holds firm, new study reveals


It’s good to see yet another new report about the popularity of 20mph limits, this one from UWE academics published on the Bristol Health Partners website:

Seven in every 10 adults in Great Britain support the introduction of 20mph speed limits in busy streets, according to a major new survey.The poll conducted by YouGov earlier this year found 72 per cent of the 3,000 respondents backed the limit in busy streets, with 21 per cent in opposition. The result mirrored findings from similar online surveys carried out as part of the same study in 2013 and 2015.

The outcomes of the surveys, funded by Bristol City Council, were analysed by academics from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

20mph areas was one of the first campaigning priorities of Bristol Cycling way back in 1992, see our Twenty is Plenty campaign. It’s great to see it becoming the norm across Bristol and the UK. All the evidence is usefully gathered together on the website Bristol’s Better at 20.

Also on the Bristol Health Partners website is Walking and cycling are the oxygen for healthy towns and cities from Dr Adrian Davies, co-Director of the Healthy Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team, also known as SHINE. He wants policy makers, and particularly the business lead LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships), to make use of Sustrans’ new Active Travel Toolbox:

The Active Travel Toolbox is anchored in peer-reviewed evidence, for improved health and wellbeing of the workforce with increased levels of walking and cycling. Case studies provide real world examples of businesses where interventions have led to both improved health outcomes and ways in which behaviour changes can be introduced.

The Toolbox provides clear evidence to the LEPs: active travel is essential for economic prosperity and the health of society. Period.