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
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