Enfield Green Party want a Borough wide default 20mph speed limit on all
residential roads. This would result in less deaths and serious injuries
and make our streets more pedestrian friendly. Consider this: if hit by a
car travelling at 30mph you have a 1 in 5 chance of being killed
not good odds; if hit by a car travelling at 20mph you have only a 1 in 40 chance
of being killed (Department of Transport figures).
SO WE SAY 20'S PLENTY
The city of Bristol is tninking about implementing a default 20mph limit.
They have done a couple of pilot projects covering 500 roads and 30,000 residents.
monitoring report of the results.
Now, all speed limits need enforcing. We want appropriate signage and average
speed cameras to do this. And of course the best solution would be a London
wide 20mph speed limit on all residential roads. And wed also like
some streets turned into parks with benches and trees and safe areas for
children to play. No access except for residents and essential deliveries.
There is of course a context for all this. We really do need to move away
from car usage as its developed over recent decades. Lets have
less cars and where car ownership persists lets use these cars less
get that annual mileage down. And we need cars which are kinder to
the environment lets move to hybrids, electric cars and the
hydrogen fuel cell.
This is obviously a process and wont happen overnight but we need to
move as quickly as possible to bring down CO2 emissions and help prevent
global warming. We can look forward to reclaiming the streets for people,
enjoying local activities, walking or cycling to work and local shops and
generally creating a better sense of wellbeing with reduced crime and more
emphasis on what really matters, good relations with neighbours and other
people in our locality.
some more food for thought about the relationship between drivers and pedestrians,
from the "20splentyforus" campaign
So 20s PLENTY is... yes... about saving lives but it is also about
a shift away from the car to a much better lifestyle, more in keeping with
looking after the planet and enhancing the quality of life for everyone.
For more information go
for a London Assembly paper on the issue and
here focuses on Portsmouth and the
20mph limit introduced there.
Published and promoted
by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13