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Have Your Say On 20mph Speed Limits In York


10:20am 28th May 2013

City of York Council is inviting 13,000 households in the West of York to feedback their comments on plans to implement a 20mph limit policy in the area.

Following the announcement of the scheme in March, supported by Headteachers in the West of York School’s Partnership and one of the UK’s leading health & well being mutuals, benenden health, people now have the opportunity to have their say.

From today people living in the West of York, directly affected by the proposals, will receive a leaflet outlining the plans and how they can feed back their views.

The scheme builds on the policy to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas to help promote considerate driving, make walking and cycling more attractive and raise confidence in the safety of local neighbourhoods.

As part of a phased citywide rollout Acomb, Holgate, Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield will become the next Wards to be considered for lower speed limits.

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “With significant reductions of up to 3mph (average speeds) in parts of Fishergate ward as a direct result of introducing a lower speed limit, this should prove to be a cost effective approach. Residents now have the chance to see the plans and offer their views on them.

“The introduction of lower speed limits 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 accidents. 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; I'd invite everyone to also look at and sign up to our new iPledge scheme to improve road safety.”

Proposals of how 20mph might best be implemented in the West of York as well as Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe and Bishophill, are available at www.york20mph.org. Plans are also available to view at York Explore Library Learning Centre, local libraries in the West of York, and Energise sports centre.

Once people's comments have been looked at, the Council says it will fed back to a decision session for consideration before the introduction of the proposed 20mph limits. The planned introduction is set to be in place in summer 2013 and will ensure that the majority of residential roads and neighbourhoods will have a lower speed limit to help reduce speeds where people live.

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.

For further information visit www.york20mph.org follow @york20mph on Twitter, or like York20mph on Facebook. For further details about the council’s iPledge scheme visit http://www.itravelyork.info/

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