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Poll: Go 20 campaign aims to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists

16:00 20 November 2012

Plans muted to make more 20mph zones

Plans muted to make more 20mph zones

BRAKE, the road safety charity, is appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph or lower in communities.

They are also campaigning for widespread 20mph limits in built- up areas, so children, families and adults can walk and cycle without the threat of speeding motorists.

Ellie Pearson, campaign spokesperson for Brake, said: “Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat. It’s a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that.

“The Olympics helped us realise the importance of active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places.

“Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 in communities, even where the limit’s still 30. You’ll be helping to protect people around you.”

12 comments

  • I totally agree with england1770 this town is full of traffic lights pedestrians busses would be nice if this council got traffic flowing instead of slowing & causing congestion & cyclists that are anti cars its like a battle field out there!!!

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    Alan Osborne

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • You can forget 20mph speed limits and crash helments for cyclists - 1 thing more than any other will make cycling more safe - all cyclists cycling on the road, in order for motorists to get used to the idea that they don't own the roads, and that sometimes they have to slow down to make way for other road users.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • People need to be careful what they wish or vote for. They may imagine 20mph limits in sensible locations, but these action groups, of which there are many, want blanket 20mph across vast areas of built up areas.

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    On Two Wheels

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • @ Fat Lady Sings. I'm sure you are aware that bicycles don't omit emissions and that the cost of road tax is based on emissions. So therefore like ‘green’ cars cyclists wouldn’t have to pay road tax. That was a stupid comment on your behalf. As for the “silly flashing lights”, they are legal and serve the purpose of getting drivers attention. Which judging by your comment they do!! Maybe motorists should also abide by the “rules of the road” and stop blocking cycle lanes and not giving enough room when they pass.

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    magnumlove@hotmail.com

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • 20mph in Ipswich? That is speeding, you can't get out of first gear with all the traffic lights! How about clamping down on the poor hard done by cyclists who seem to think theat a red light doesn't apply to them!

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    england1770

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • @ Fat Lady Sings.... 1) Flashing lights are more effective to notify drivers that there is someone else on the road. They are much safer than normal lights which are outshone by passing cars quite easily. 2) Why tax discs? Normally people mention road tax since they think cars pay it for use of the roads. Well they do not. In fact it was Winston Churchill himself that said road tax does not pay for the roads and so it has never been set aside for them. In reality my income tax pays for the roads (and I have a car paying car tax...actually Vehicle Excise Duty - based on my pollution). This is a common misconception by a surprising number of motorists. But I do agree with your other points. I hate the ridiculous number of traffic lights in this town. I swear the council are sponsored or bribed by traffic light companies...

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    George

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • IF YOU CAN GET THESE MANIAC DRIVERS TO ABIDE BY IT , BUT AS YOU AND I KNOW WE BRITISH HAVE NOT GOT 5 MINS TO LIVE AND ARE THE WORSE DRIVERS IN THE WORLD NOW SO ( GO 20 ) IS BANGING ITS HEAD UP AGAINST THE WALL , I KNOW COS WE HAVE A 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT ON OUR ESTATE AND THEY TAKE NO NOTICE OF IT,,

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • What is the point of having 20mph limits, no-one takes no notice of them. They have had them in Ravenswood Road since it opened, but as yet never seen anyone keep to it. Another waste of time.

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    chathamboy

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • whitton is a cut through and most car drivers do about 35 miles an hour we already had one death (not speeding) but its a matter of time till the next , its the drivers not the area or cars

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    Lee mundy

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Having recently been almost knocked over by a cyclist who was on the pavement instead of in the cycle lane which the council provided for him and then being sworn at because I was in his way, I suggest it's not just motorists who need to show respect for others and the laws of the road!

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    MZH

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I am well aware that car tax doesn't pay for roads or road maintenance, if it did they might be in better condition... but I see no reason why bikes shouldn't be taxed maybe a nice flat rate of £50.00 a year. I would also like them to have an MOT test annually to make sure that they are suitable to be on the road, and I would like the riders to have to take a test (both theory and practical) and get a licence which can be endorsed. As for the flashing lights... A constant light source makes judging distance easier... if it was just about gaining attention, then all tail lights (including on cars) would be designed to flash. Also the strobing of lights and regular light flashing can cause other optical and mental issues. hence the warning on most news channels now "this report contains flashing lights".

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    MRW

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Honestly these people talk absolute rot... if you don't learn to look both ways when you cross the road, if you ignore crossings because "well I didn't want to cross there", if you step off the pavement between two parked cars... then it will still hurt at 20mph and can still kill you! Teach your kids Road Safety rather then waiting for someone else to do it for you. Stop cyclists ignoring every rule of the road as if they don't matter. (And get them to buy some insurance and get a tax disc whilst they're at it) - and get rid of those silly flashing lights... proper lights please! I would love to meet Ellie Pearson, I have some choice words for her.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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