London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, is supporting the rollout of 20mph speed limits across the capital.
Following in the footsteps of Bristol and Portsmouth, London is bringing in 20mph limits in urban areas. Now covering a third of the city’s population, nine of London’s 12 boroughs have 20mph limits.
The move looks to reduce casualties in inner-city areas, as lower speeds give drivers more time to react to potential hazards. It also allows children, who have difficulty in judging the speed of vehicles travelling over 20mph, a better chance of crossing the road safely.
Khan said: “I will encourage the rollout of 20mph zones across the city.”
Brake, the road safety charity, has welcomed the Mayor’s comments, with Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns, saying: “It’s fantastic to see that 20mph speed limits are now widely endorsed by high-profile politicians.
“Mr Khan’s backing clearly shows that he recognises that 20mph limits can enable people to get around their neighbourhoods, towns and city centres more safely, whilst promoting a healthy and sustainable environment.
“We at Brake believe everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their communities without being put in danger. By lowering speed limits to 20mph from 30mph, we can protect the most vulnerable in society such as disabled people, children and anyone on bicycle or on foot.”
A recent survey by the charity found that eight in 10 people think that a 20mph speed limit should be enforced around all schools and residential streets.
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