Bristol City Council says the new 20mph zones will save lives by increasing the chance of pedestrian and cyclist accident survival rates. It says the zones have been chosen because they are areas which have a seen a high volume of such accidents.
The Council quotes the following statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents:
- A pedestrian struck at 20 mph has a 97% chance of survival
- This falls to an 80% chance of survival if they are struck at 30 mph
- They have only a 50% chance at 35 mph
Bristol City Council has issued this statement about the new 20mph zones in the city:
The vision of 20 mph is to help create more pleasant communities for us all to enjoy. Slower speeds and ultimately reduced car use for local trips will lead to a less noisy and more people-centred community. The reduced speed also makes it easier to cross roads, particularly for children and the elderly, and access local facilities helping to build stronger communities, and encouraging children to become more active.
The introduction of a new wave of 20mph zones in Bristol is proving controversial. Here are a selection of your comments from the ITV West Country facebook page
– Will Snelling
Ridiculous and a waste of money. Another anti-car idea.
– Babs Parker
They were introduced in Keynsham recently, and I find the 20mph zones far more dangerous. I try my best to stick to them, but I have very impatient drivers behind me, trying to push me faster and therefore not obeying the two second rule. Also I get overtaken by cyclists all the time!
– Paul Scoplin
It has become increasingly difficult to get around Bristol in the last 20 years. Permanent road closures, one-way systems, more traffic lights than ever... and now this!
20 mile an hour speed limits have been introduced in parts of Bristol to improve safety and to make life better for other road users.
Clifton and Bishopston are part of a city wide roll-out. It follows a successful pilot in Bedminster and Southville, which has been in operation since 2010.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says there is a 20% chance of dying when someone is hit by a car travelling at 30 miles an hour but it is reduced to 2.5% at 20 miles an hour. The scheme will eventually cover the whole of the city.
There's been a call for Bristol to think again about introducing a 20 mph speed limit right across the city. It comes as plans to extend the policy go out to consultation.
The aim is for all except the major routes to be 20 mph by 2015.
But today one councillor said a blanket scheme couldn't be enforced.
Bob Constantine reports:
Plans for a city wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour in Bristol are being discussed by the City Council's cabinet.
Conservative Transport spokesman Mark Weston has submitted formal written objections which will be debated.
He is urging Bristol Mayor George Ferguson not to go ahead with the scheme.