What do you think about 20mph limits?

June 29 2018

A REVIEW of 20mph speed limits in Bristol has now launched following a report which showed slower speeds have reduced the number of collisions on roads.

Councillors will be working with Bristol City Council colleagues to capture views from residents and to see whether there is anything that can be done better, ensuring the speed limit is working as well as it possibly can. 

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: "As promised in my manifesto, this review will give people the opportunity to help us assess the effectiveness of 20mph in each area. We’ve been listening carefully to feedback from the public, councillors, police and other stakeholders, alongside our own evidence from monitoring reports, to create a long list of locations highlighted for review."

Roads not included in the initial review list can still be commented on and all results from the consultation will be analysed and considered by the council. The review asks people to consider both 20mph and 30mph roads, with an option to retain the current speed limit.

Any change in speed limit will need to be supported by evidence and would be subject to a formal statutory consultation before implementation. 

The evidence will be considered in the context of findings from the Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation study by the University of the West of England, which was published earlier this year, and used individual speed data from over 36million vehicle observations. 

The study found speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits were implemented, with average speeds of between 19mph and 26mph on 20mph roads shown in the report. On 30mph streets, average speeds on the roads surveyed were below 30mph in every area. The lower speeds were also found during night and summer times, when there is typically less traffic to slow motorists.

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, cabinet member for transport and connectivity and city councillor for Eastville, said: "Evidence shows that slower speeds reduce the number and severity of collisions on our roads and the 20mph monitoring report has shown that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have significantly reduced since 20mph limits were introduced. We’re keen to build on this research which is where the reviews come in to take on board feedback from residents. Please make sure you have your say during the consultation process."

The review is only looking at changes to speed limits rather than physical changes like speed bumps or traffic calming. If residents identify a need for such interventions, recommendations will go to the council and local councillors for further consideration.

During the review councillors will promote Community Speedwatch, which is a police and council initiative designed to give local people the ability to actively get involved in road safety in their neighbourhood. Residents volunteer to monitor speeds using speed detection equipment and record details of any vehicles travelling over the limit to share with the police.

The review is now live until August 31 with an online consultation available at bristol.gov.uk/20mphreview and paper versions can be requested by emailing 20mph@bristol.gov.uk or found in local libraries.

For the consultation go to bristol.gov.uk/20mphreview and for community speedwatch go to www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/csw