Sunday, 18 November 2012

ROAD SAFETY WEEK: 'safety increases with more 20mph zones'

Kent Green Party is concerned by the lack of commitment by Kent County Council concerning road safety. Kent Green Party has petitioned repeatedly in town centre throughout Kent, finding that 20 mph limits in residential areas are supported by more than 85% of those who are approached. Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, comments:

"Kent Green Party has petitioned in town centres throughout Kent and has found overwhelming support for 20 mph limits in residential areas. Kent County Council refuses to support this improvement in road safety, although research shows 20 mph limits cut road casualties by about 60%.

Kent Green Party congratulates Chichester on the introduction of 20mph speed limits on all residential roads in Chichester(1). At the South Chichester County Local Committee Meeting on 6th November all the County Councillors voted in favour of 20 mph limits being introduced to Chichester's residential roads. This followed a Public Consultation on 20mph over the summer in which 77% of residents who voted overwhelmingly supported 20mph: over 4,000 people.

If our neighbours over the border in Sussex can do it so can Kent.  .20mph speed limits make our streets safer for everyone, especially the vulnerable  children, elderly people and the disabled. We need safe, pleasant streets for people where we live, shop and work. Increasing walking and cycling increases our health and our enjoyment of life.  The UK is the most car dependent country in Europe(2), and also has the most obesity.

Please write to your local County councillors asking them to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential roads in your town.

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 079444 71083 or 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org

Notes:
1.      http://20splentyforchichester.moonfruit.com/ And note that Lancashire is the first county likely to have full adoption of 20 mph limits in residential areas, setting aside Police objections on 'enforcement' grounds in Kent. Such an argument omits to note that 30 mph limits at present are enforced by virtually all motorists themselves driving sensibly and encouraging similar behaviour in other road users.
2.      Most car journey in urban areas are less than 2 miles, which could be walked or cycled by the able-bodied. It is worth adding that Team GB's Olympic cycling successes have generated new interest in cycling, which would be reinforced by safer road conditions.

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