8 Aug 2013
First Glos County ward-wide 20 mph
The signs have started going up today and will be for next couple of days....it's been a long, long campaign but we are there.....yes still more to do to encourage slower speeds but this is a step forward....and one I promised to work on 7 years ago when I was first elected as a District Councillor.
Philip Booth, Stroud District councillor for Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe (Green) said: "At last! The signs are up. This is the first ward-wide 20 mph in the County. Reducing speeds has been repeatedly high on residents list of concerns. Over 8 years we've had meetings, petitions, public consultation and more. 30mph is just too fast for the mix of narrow roads, parked cars and limited or non-existent footpaths, especially for children, dog walkers and cyclists. We know 20 mph isn't the whole answer but it is a step in the right direction and plays a part in slowing traffic and changing the culture of driving in residential areas. 20 mph is safer, reinforces positive aspects of our villages, reduces noise and has been shown to lead to more people feeling safer to walk and cycle."
Philip Booth added: "I hope this will be the start of following Councils' like Portsmouth, Newcastle, Leicester, Oxford, Hull, Bristol and many more towns, where councils are introducing blanket 20 mph limits on residential streets. A huge thank you to all residents, both Parish Councils, Highways and County councillors Sarah Lunnon and Tony Blackburn for making this possible."
If you click on the tag below you will see the story of 20 mph in nearly 80 blogs! See for example my report to County re why we need 20 mph: