Edinburgh City Council have proposed bringing in a 20mph speed limit on over 80% of the citys’ roads in a bid to reduce road traffic accidents.
In a move that has been applauded by safety groups, the proposal looks to place a blanket ban on travelling over 20mph across the vast majority of the capital’s urban areas. There will be a small number of roads that drivers can go above 20mph. However, the vast majority will be outwith the city centre.
The £2.2 million scheme was announced by the Edinburgh Council who have since delayed the implementation of the scheme by at least three months to grant those opposed to the changes to raise their objections above the policy. The changes, which have been met by some objections, will take two years to put in place if approved. The blanket speed limit will be rolled out by April 2016.
Rob King, director of the organisation 20’s Plenty For Us, praised the move by the Edinburgh Council saying: “There are benefits in terms of road safety - particularly to cyclists, children, the elderly and disabled people.
“But it also makes the area much more pleasant to be in, and the consequences to drivers are minimal because journey time in cities is dictated by how often you stop rather than the speed you travel at.
“Edinburgh’s plans are ambitious in terms of the size of the area affected, but if you look at some of the UK’s iconic cities, London, Manchester, Liverpool, York, Oxford, Bath and others have all rejected the idea of default 30mph limit.”
He added:“In Europe, cities like Paris, Barcelona, Milan and much of Norway and Sweden are adopting 30km/h (18.6mph) limits.
“There’s a growing consensus that 30mph just isn’t fit for purpose in a built-up area.”
Whilst the scheme has been opposed by many, the Council believe that it is the best way to reduce the number of road traffic accidents and the number of fatalities to cyclists, pedestrians and road users in general.
The decision to introduce a 20mph zone, which was consulted with many groups in Edinburgh such as Lothian Buses, has been met with some criticism from taxi drivers in the city who believe it removes any incentive to get a taxi. Environmental groups have also criticised the decision, with the lower speed limit creating more carbon emissions and air pollution in the area.
Neal Greig, policy and research director at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, also expressed concern at the move. He said: “On some streets, 20mph is a speed that you might aspire to rather than need to limit yourself to.
“If you look at the evidence, what seems to work is measures like speed bumps and narrower roads.
“Covering whole areas in one 20mph limit and putting up some signs is a cheap way to do it.”
He added: “We’d rather see investment made in dealing with the streets where there will be the most benefit.”
The move to reduce the speed limit was first suggested by Edinburgh City Council following a 2010 study by the Department for Transport which found that 5.5% of accidents at 30mph resulted in pedestrian fatalities, compared with less than 1% of accidents at 20mph.
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