20mph limits have been recommended by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for
Transport Safety (PACTS).
The PACTS Perceptions and Realities report (Sept 2010) takes a closer look at the risks which children and young people in Britain today are exposed to – and what can be done to reduce them.
Perceptions about risks to children have led to policies focused on preventing violent assaults. But children are far more likely to come to harm on our roads. The shocking fact is 28 children and young people are killed or seriously injured on our roads every day. This is the single biggest non-natural killer of children and young people. And these accidents also have a huge economic cost – estimated to be over £3 billion in 2008.
PACTS now recommend 20mph limits on residential roads citing Portsmouth data where limits were put in without any physical calming. The 20mph speed limit, which is designed to protect pedestrians and cyclists, became citywide by the end of March 2008.
The first year analysis of figures estimates the following reductions in children killed or seriously injured:-
Pedestrians 40% lower
Passengers 100% lower
Driver/Riders 100% lower
Overall 63% lower
20mph residential limits in Portsmouth were extremely cost-effective and as much as 50 times cheaper per mile than conventional physical traffic calming.
20’s Plenty For Us campaigns for a 20mph default speed limit in residential streets without physical calming. Perhaps we need more 20mph speed limits in parts of Ipswich. Together with other ways to reduce accidents, this could be a cheap and effective way to improve things. 20mph is also effective from the point of view of adult cyclists and pedestrians. Anyone who cycles knows that cars and other vehicles passing too quickly can be frightening and sometimes dangerous.