20mph limit set to make roads safer

December 23 2013

SIGNS warning drivers not to exceed 20mph are expected to be appearing in the next month across Bishopston and Redland.

SIGNS warning drivers not to exceed 20mph are expected to be appearing in the next month across Bishopston and Redland.
The roll-out is part of the council's bid to reduce the speed limit across Bristol by March 2015. The order will become operative in Bishopston and Redland on January 20.
Gloucester Road - one of the city's main arterial roads - will be receiving the 20mph limit.
The scheme is to make roads safer, to reduce noise pollution in residential areas, and to make communities more pleasant, the council says.
Road safety campaigners have argued that if a pedestrian is struck at 20mph, they have a 97 percent chance of survival. However, this falls to 80 percent at 30mph and 50 percent at 35mph.
The council has proposed changes to several carriageways in order for the roads to meet the change of speed. The measures, to be carried out on Kings Drive, Cranbrook Road, Redland and Cotham Grove, Redland Road and Westbury Park, include roundels in the carriageway, vehicle activated signs and removal of road markings.
The junction by Bishop Road on Kings Drive could be narrowed, and a build-out on the Upper Cranbrook Road junction on Cranbrook Road, which would allow access to the driveways, incorporate a cycle bypass and dropped kerbs for pedestrians, could also be a possibility.
The police will be responsible for enforcing the speed limit.
For more information about the scheme, visit: www.bristol20mph.co.uk