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Children help launch slow driving campaign in Islington

GO 20 was launched today in Islington, London's first 20mph borough.

Children heard from Paralympian Danny Crates on how great it is to be active, took part in a safe cycling demo with Islington Council, carried out speed checks on traffic with help from the Met and celebrated 20mph by displaying their own banners and placards.


Children being affected by danger from fast traffic

As the GO 20 campaign is launched through events across the UK, including Islington, a survey of 1,630 children in London and the South East by Brake and partners Brain Injury Group and Specsavers reveals how children are being affected by danger from fast traffic:

  • Nearly eight in 10 (79%) say drivers need to slow down around their home and school
  • Nearly eight in 10 (78%) say they would be able to walk and cycle more if roads in their neighbourhood were safer
  • Nearly half (46%) say they have been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling, and nearly six in 10 (58%) worry about being hurt by traffic when out and about

Drivers urged to slow down at start of Road Safety Week

A campaign launched at the start of Road Safety Week is appealing to drivers and authorities in London and the South East to GO 20, to bring about a 2012 legacy of safe walking and cycling.

Brake, the road safety charity, is appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph or below in communities and calling for widespread 20mph limits in built up areas, so children and adults can walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being endangered.