Colston’s Primary pupils welcome new 20mph limit

January 30 2014

A 20MPH limit has been introduced in residential streets in Bishopston and Redland as part of a citywide safety campaign.

A 20MPH limit has been introduced in residential streets in Bishopston and Redland as part of a citywide safety campaign.
The central area, which encompasses the two wards, is the first of six phases in Bristol City Council's programme to reduce the speed limit.
Pilot schemes ran in south and east Bristol, with 82 percent of residents showing their support, the council says.
Local schools have welcomed the reduction in the speed limit, saying that it will have a positive impact on the safety of children.
Headteacher at Colston's Primary School, Maddy Kent, said: "Our whole school community is extremely pleased that the 20mph speed limit is being introduced to roads in our area.
"It also supports our school values as an eco Green Flag school and a member of the Active Travel programme."
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, if a pedestrian is struck at 20mph, there is a 2.5 percent chance of fatal injury. However, if struck at 30mph, this increases to 20 percent.
The £2.3million scheme is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund awarded by the Government in 2012.
Bristol mayor, George Ferguson, said: "The new speed limit is part of a number of measures that we are introducing to promote road safety, improve traffic flow, support sustainable transport and active travel and help to make Bristol a more positive place to live and work.
"We’ll be monitoring the impact of the scheme once it is live and are looking forward to reporting some positive changes within our local communities in the coming years."
Police are working alongside the council to introduce community speed watching, which relies on volunteers to monitor speeding vehicles.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, said: "Community speed watch volunteers carry out fantastic work in making our roads a safer place to be.
"I hope that many residents across Bristol will be inspired to volunteer for their local community speed watch scheme."
The city-wide 20mph rollout is expected to be completed by March 2015.

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