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20mph Speed Limit Set To Be Introduced In The North Of York


11:08am 2nd April 2014
(Updated 12:36pm 2nd April 2014)

This builds on the previously agreed policy to introduce 20mph speed limits in the West of York, to help promote considerate driving, make walking and cycling more attractive and raise confidence in the safety of local neighbourhoods.

Residents living in the North of York area will soon receive a leaflet explaining the scheme and signposting them to the statutory notices.

York is following in the footsteps of cities across Europe, including Paris, which has introduced the new speed limit to 37 per cent of its road network. 

The government has a national policy which encourages local authorities to consider implementing the lower speed limit on residential streets.

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “The introduction of lower speed limits, in accordance with the latest government guidance, reduces speeds giving drivers more time to react to the presence of other road users, and reducing the likelihood and scale of any potential remaining collisions. We also hope that by introducing lower speed limits across York it will make areas more attractive and as a result increase cycling and walking across residential areas in York.

“We are seeking to increase driver and safety awareness on our roads as part of the roll out. We as a city are committed to making York’s roads safer; and invite everyone to also look at and sign up to our new iPledge scheme to improve road safety.”

To put the costs in perspective, the citywide 20mph scheme has a budget of up to £500,000.One serious injury has a value of prevention equal to £189,519 and one slight injury has a value of prevention equal to £14,611*.

Therefore if the scheme can help prevent three serious casualties, thirty four slight casualties or a permutation of the two equal to £500,000 then cost becomes far more justifiable. Per mile treated, signed 20mph schemes also cost a fraction of traditional road humped 20mph zones.

Road charity Brake found 78 per cent of people wanted to see tougher restrictions on speed in residential areas in a bid to reduce accidents and save lives.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:"Brake’s GO 20 campaign calls for 20mph limits to be the norm across towns, villages and cities. It’s about defending everyone's right to walk and cycle freely without being endangered, whether it's to get to work, school, the shops, or just getting out and being active. We need to tackle the senseless and violent casualties that continue to happen daily on our roads, and we need to enable people to live healthy, active, social lives. It's clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about - and it's clear this is what people want.

“That's why so many local authorities are making the switch from 30mph to 20mph. With many people already reaping the benefits of living in 20mph areas, we're reaching a point where it makes no sense to retain 30mph as the default limit in built-up areas. Brake wholeheartedly supports York’s plans to implement more 20mph limits, but we also think it's time for the government to lower our default speed urban speed limit nationally, to save councils money and help create safe, active, happy communities nationwide."

The signed-only 20mph speed limits are designed to be largely self-enforcing and aim to support, strengthen and work alongside the many existing traffic calmed 20mph zones that are already in place in many residential streets and around schools in the West of the city.

The statutory advertisement of the 20mph Speed Limit Orders will take place this month, with notices being posted on affected streets.

These statutory notices will advise which streets are proposed to have new 20mph Speed Limit Orders made for them.  This is a formal legal process for any change of speed limit and is required prior to implementation and erection of signs.

As with any other Traffic Regulation Order, there is the opportunity during the statutory 28-day notice period for official representations or objections to be made if there are any specific issues which it is considered should amend or stop the Order from being made.

More detailed information can be found at www.york.gov.uk/20mph

Find out why the council is introducing 20mph areas and how this ties into the i-Travel scheme by watching a video here:www.youtube.com/cityofyorkcouncil

For further information visit www.york20mph.org or follow @york20mph on Twitter. For further details about the council’s iPledge scheme visit www.itravelyork.info/

For more details about the decision session, or to attend, please visit http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=8018

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