Campaigners set to win over council on 20mph rollout

 

Cycle campaigners have convinced Glasgow City Council to consider launching 20mph limits across the region without introducing traffic calming measures.

Group Go Bike appealed to the town hall’s petitions’ committee after winning more than 220 signatures in favour of its plans.

Campaigners said over 930 miles of Glasgow roads, including city centre and residential routes, should be hit with 20mph limits.

Evidence from campaigners suggests current plans to roll out traffic calming measures in support of lower speed limits could cost £72m and take 40 years to complete.

Go Bike instead urged the town hall to copy Edinburgh, where plans are progressing to introduce 20mph limits to 80% of the city’s roads using only signage. If such an approach was implemented in Glasgow, it could cost the town hall £1.5m.

The proposals are now to be referred to Glasgow’s sustainability and environmental policy development committee for further consideration.

Bob Downie, the Go Bike member behind the 20mph petition, told Herald Scotland the meeting with Glasgow City Council had been ‘very positive’.

A council spokesman said: ‘There was full support among members of the petitions committee for the general principle of 20mph speed limits in Glasgow.

‘The matter has now been referred to the council's Sustainability and the environment policy development committee for further consideration and how the implementation of 20mph speed limits can best be achieved.’

The news came as research from road safety charity Brake found four out of five parents support 20mph limits in built up areas to improve safety for children.

A global campaign has been launched by the World Health Organisation to encourage introduction of 20mph limits in all urban areas.

Julie Townsend, of Brake, said: ‘It is a global travesty that so many children around the world are killed and injured on roads every day, and denied their right to safe, healthy, active travel.

‘We need meaningful, sustained, long-term action to create a better world for our children.’

 
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