April 27th, 2016 Edit

Dear Stephen

There are many councillors on our sides of the Chamber who would welcome 20 mph limits if they could be proven to be effective in contributing to lower speeds.

The Labour council conducted two trials of 20mph limits and the evidence did not demonstrated that vehicle speeds were reduced.

I visited Bristol for three years while my daughter attended university there and they introduced 20 mph limits.  My experience was that in spite of the signage , they were ignored by most motorists.

We have 20 mph limits in Woolston and they are generally not adhered to.

The Police who were present at the scrutiny committee indicated that they would not enforce 20 mph limits due to lack of resources.

I have suggested that we need a cross party approach to lower speeds and this needs to be part of a city wide campaign.

I am passionate about increasing both walking, cycling and buses as alternatives to the car and this will bring enormous benefits to the City in terms of public health and road safety.

I am still open to 20mph limits but I want to be sure that the cost of implementation is justified by the benefit.

I have lived on Spring Road for over 18 years and the speed of traffic generally is not good.  It would be difficult to ensure that 20 mph limits on these types of road could be adhered too and I would prefer to spend the money on safer crossings etc.

I do believe that we can achieve lower speeds by changing behaviours rather than legal enforcements but it will required considerable public engagement.

Regards

Eamonn

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