With GO 20 , Brake are not only appealing for drivers to slow down to 20mph around built-up areas such as schools, shops and homes but they are also campaigning for 20 mile per hour limits to become the norm in these areas. It would mean that people could cycle and walk in safety, in an enjoyable and sustainable way, without being put in danger. They are looking to deliver a 2012 legacy of healthy, active communites as well as preventing devastating casualties.
GO 20’s site states ‘Every day seven children and 19 adults and are killed or seriously injured while walking or cycling on UK roads. Every death and injury is devastating for families involved, and entirely preventable. These casualties went up last year, adding to the case for action.’
Travelling at 20mph is safer because drivers have a better chance of reacting in an emergency: your stopping distance at 30 is nearly double of what it would be at 20. Case studies show that where the speed limits have been reduced to 20mph, there are far fewer casualties. For more benefits of travelling at 20mph, please see this link which includes why it would help the environment and save money.
I am totally in support of this campaign, and would particularly like to point out a Facebook status I put on my personal account on 8th November:
I am absolutely sick to death of doing the correct speed limites and acting the right way on the road and have people either sit too close, use their horn, or both!
Nowhere is this more true than in Sunninghill, the village where my daughter goes to school. Most of the High Street has parked cars down one side, meaning that there is only room for one lane of traffic, there is a school, shops, two zebra crossings and numerous side roads. There is also another two schools in a one mile radius meaning three lots of school children. I know of at least three accidents in the last two weeks there. And the limit is supposed to be 20 miles per hour. It infuriates me the amount of people that charge through, especially – and surprisingly – some of the parents!
This week I shall be going round to some of the local businesses in Sunninghill to provide them with a campaign poster to ask them to help promote the GO 20 campaign in the Sunninghill area.
Please support the campaign by visiting www.go20.org to find simple ways to get behind the cause. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/go20campaign to keep up to date on events and follow the campaign on Twitter using #go20mph.
If you live in the Berkshire/Surrey/Hampshire area and are looking for a a Driving Instructor, then, try me! My website is http://www.madeeasydriving.co.uk
Next week: Parallel Parking – then and now!