Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Cycle Campaign Calls For 20MPH Limit
As we reported earlier, Darlington Cycling Campaign is calling for a blanket 20 miles an hour speed limit across Darlington.
A story detailing the call for a 20MPH speed limit appears in today's Northern Echo (The Northern Echo: 20mph limit call 'not practical'), in which the Council respond by saying that legally such zones need traffic calming measures, and are therefore impractical. This is not the understanding of the Cycle Campaign. We understand that it is current Police policy to only support 20MPH zones which are 'self enforcing', but that there is nothing in law to say that is the case. 'Self enforcing' does not necessarily mean speed bumps.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign have an excellent article on 20MPH zones, which touches on this issue.
Stay tuned for more.
DfT publication: Speed - Know your limits (pdf). A useful document, with lots of facts and figures.
British Medical Journal: Reducing the speed limit to 20 mph in urban areas - Child deaths and injuries would be decreased.
(Link to Northern Echo story added.)