We say “20mph is Good for Bristol” at council debate

Following the success of the “Keep and extend 20mph limits” petition with over 4,000 signatures, there was a full council debate on March 15th. We put in a written submission in support BCyC Statement March2016 Keeping and extending Bristol 20mph Areas.

There was ‘shock and awe’ when the Bristol Post came out in support as well. They seemed to have been swayed by the arguments that Bristol’s Better at 20.
Here’s the text of our statement:

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20’s Plenty petition success

We’ve done it! Over 4,000 people have signed the petition supporting 20mph, which closes on Sunday 31st January 2016. Congratulations to the hard work of our team of 20’s Plenty campaigners and supporters.  It was important that there was strong response to balance a petition last year that wanted the limits abolished. The fact is however that 20mph is highly successful and strongly supported across Bristol, and nationally (1), because it benefits everyone and has a negligible impact on drivers. As the very good website http://www.bristol20mph.co.uk says, “A Little Bit Slower. A Whole Lot Better”. In fact, nearly three quarters of people in Bristol support 20mph areas, and this number has increased since the schemes were introduced across the city. There is also evidence from our Community Speed Watch monitoring that the limits are widely and increasingly observed. Here is an extract from a report from August 2015 from Bristol Council:

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Text of online debate on 20mph in Bristol

There was an ‘live tweetchat’ about Bristol 20mph on 19th January. This was initiated by Hannah Taylor, Bristol Council Community Engagement Officer for “Bristol’s Better at 20”. Catch up on the conversation below. Some interesting points and involvement from Brake, Sustrans, 20’s Plenty For Us, Living Streets and health professionals from UWE and public health. It’s not too late to add your name to the petition in favour

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Bristol Health Partners back 20

Dr Suzanne Audrey, co-director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT), is encouraging everyone to get behind the petition in favour of keeping and extending 20mph speed limits in Bristol. – See more here.

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Community Speedwatch in Bedminster 2015

There are a number of Community Speedwatch groups helping to make the 20mph areas in Bristol more effective. The group in Greater Bedminster is made up of BCyC members and they have shared the results of their observations. Figures from 2014 showed that 20mph limits were having an effect but with some specific problem areas. In 2015 over a thousand vehicles were checked with 14% going over 25mph (including one at 46mph!). There is a noticable improvement over 2014, however the threshold for recording has increased in 2015 from 24 to 26mph. The group is not going to monitor Raleigh Road any more…

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Speed awareness courses for 20mph

News comes through that there are now speed awareness courses for those caught speeding in 20mph areas. Drivers speeding between 24 and 31mph can now be required to attend the 4 hour 20mph Speed Awareness Courses at 8 venues across Avon and Somerset, South Wales, North Wales and Gwent Police Authorities. This follows the adoption by the Police and Crime Commissioner of Road Safety as an additional priority (we prefer a Road Danger Reduction approach). The police are actively seeking to set up more Community Speedwatch schemes and their CSW June Newsletter is attached with details about how to…

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Anti 20mph group forced to withdraw misleading ad

We received this update on 12th Nov 2014 from the Brighton cycle campaign, Bricycles, about their success in challenging misleading claims about 20mph areas and casualties.  Bristol’s city-wide 20mph scheme continues to be rolled out with the sensible strap line ‘A little bit slower. A whole lot better’. Further detailed information can be found on the 20’s Plenty for Us website Bricycles welcomes ruling on Unchain’s misleading 20 mph casualties ad Bricycles welcomes today’s ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority on an advert about casualties on 20 mph roads. [See note 1] The ad from pro-motoring group “Unchain the Brighton Motorist” appeared in The Argus on 18 July 2014. One of the headings read “Casualties rise by more than 20% on 20 mph roads”. The ad implied there was a relationship between 20 mph speed limits and an increase in casualties. The ad has been judged to be misleading and unsubstantiated by the advertising regulator. The ASA have told Unchain to ensure they do not make claims in future about the relationship between speed limits and casualties if they cannot substantiate them. The ad breached the code on misleading advertising, substantiation and qualification, and it must not appear again in its current form.  This is the third time the ASA have ruled that advertisements produced by the Unchain group have been misleading. [See note 2]

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Council calls for halt to 20mph speed limits

Conservative and Labour councillors in Bristol have voted to call on the mayor to stop his roll-out of 20mph speed limits on roads across the city. Here and here. However Mayor George Ferguson insisted the roll-out of Bristol’s 20mph zones should continue, saying they “decrease accidents and save lives”. This is another disturbing example of how local councillors and indeed neighbourhood partnerships fail to stand up for the vulnerable and less vocal in our communities in the face of the powerful forces of the…

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