Kent Green Party has written to Kent County Council and all other local authorities in Kent requesting they adopt 20 mph speed limits in residential areas. Dr Hazel Dawe explains:
“Kent Green Party has collected signatures in town centres in Kent over a period of three years, asking the public to support 20 mph speed limits in residential areas. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with over 90% of those asked supporting this change. We have now written to the County Council, the Medway Unitary and all other local authorities in Kent to ask them to adopt 20 mph limits in residential areas.
“A survey of the introduction of 20mph zones across the UK and in other European countries found that child road accidents declined by 67%, cyclist accidents by 29% and traffic flow by 27%. The leading cause of death to children over the age of five is road crashes. A child pedestrian is three times more likely to die on our roads than in Italy and twice as likely as in France. The number of cyclists killed has risen by 30% since 2003.
“We will continue to campaign for 20 mph limits in residential areas until the local authorities in Kent and Medway all adopt this approach.” Ends c219 words
FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe on 079444 71083 and 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1XF.
Sources include UK Commission for Integrated Transport, and http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Campaigns/0805_RG_Transcom-key-point www.iam.org.uk - Speed v Safety - The Eternal Balancing Act> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7046200.stm - 20mph Limit called for in town, Pete McAskie, Haringey Green Party. See also the 20 is plenty website: http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/