Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Independent: "The 20mph revolution: Millions of drivers face lower speed limits as new laws sweep the country"

Link to The Independent

"In what is being hailed by campaigners as a 'cultural shift' - as well as a significant reversal in decades of policy which prioritised motor vehicles over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists - new figures show that dozens of cities and towns across England and Wales have either approved slowdown zones, or are now considering introducing them.

"It is claimed a 10mph cut in the maximum speed limit [can] lead to a 40 per cent reduction in the number of road casualties, as well as reducing pollution, promoting cycling, walking and local shopping.

"Meanwhile, public backing for a blanket 20mph limit in built-up areas has reached more than 60 per cent with support particularly strong among women, younger people and pensioners, a ComRes survey for The Independent found."

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