Charity welcomes 20mph speed limit experiment

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Safer Streets says it hopes Scottish Government experiment is extended

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17th September 2015 by Paul Cardwell 2 Comments

A charity campaigning for streets to be made safer to encourage people to walk has praised a Scottish Government initiative to reduce speed limits to 20mph on some roads.

The new speed limit will be introduced on main routes in five towns as a road safety experiment, the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency announced on Wednesday.

The first, on the A77 at Maybole in Ayrshire, starts on Monday, with Largs, Biggar, Langholm and Oban to follow.

The move is the first involving trunk roads in Scotland other than around schools.

Stuart Hay Scotland director of Living Streets said: “20mph zones are the single biggest measure that will reduce road danger and improve the walking environment on our streets.

“Evidence suggests that 20mph speed limits are popular when they come into force and are especially important for bringing safety measures to vulnerable road users.

“Well done to Transport Scotland and the communities that have campaigned for lower speed limits.

“This is the first time such a limit will be introduced to a trunk road in Scotland and it will bring major improvements to the walking environment.

“We look forward to the results of this pilot and hope it will support further roll-out across the trunk road network.”

17th September 2015 by Peter McDade

Another idea would be for traffic to start driving on the right. We could start with bus's on Monday, trucks joining in on Tuesday and cars on Thursday. Could first be rolled out in Glasgow and Edinburgh next week, with Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen the following week.

23rd September 2015 by Andy

if anyone is interested in this proposal then have a look for example at the paper put to the council meeting in Edinburgh where the decision was taken in principle to include 20mph limits. There were no statistics on how many lives or injuries would be saved, no analysis on how much the legislation would cost to introduce, and no evidence that there would be any fuel saving as opposed to extra fuel consumption from driving at 20 rather than 30. Evidence based decisions are preferable!