We are sick and tired of Labour councillors refusing to consider 20 miles per hour speed limits across all residential roads in Reading, leaving the main roads as 30 mph. Instead it has taken them over a year to implement 20 mph in one small corner of East Reading. It’s a start, but we need more now!
There are many good reasons for having 20 mph speed limits on our residential roads:
- More than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph speed limits.
- Britain has the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe (22.5% of all fatalities).
- Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.
- Speed limits on Britain’s urban roads are 60% higher than Europe (30 mph compared to 18.6 mph).
- British parents consistently cite traffic speed as the main reason why their children are not allowed to cycle or walk to school.
- Lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 mph has been found to increase urban journeys by just 40 seconds maximum.
- Lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 mph has been found to decrease child pedestrian accidents by up to 70%. In Portsmouth the 20 mph limit on all residential roads has reduced casualties by 22%.
It is time to set an appropriate speed limit that protects the young and the vulnerable. We need to follow other forward-thinking councils and implement 20 mph across the town.
The time for 20 mph as a speed limit on residential roads in Reading has come.