The city of London is now adopting new 20mph zones. Over the years we have seen a steady incline in road accidents on city streets of London. During 2012, there were over 420 casualties and nearly 60 people were killed. Regardless of the government's efforts to create safer roads, it still appears that safety measures are not working.
Will 20mph zones really reduce accidents?
Experiments in some parts of the City of London have been created. Additionally, trials have been introduced in other cities and have been successful. If 20mph zones are not launched, then fatal accidents to pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and other motorists would not only continue, but also increase.
In order to reduce casualty figures, the government plans to introduce an RDRP, known as the Road Danger Reduction Plan. This plan officially improves London's roads by 2020. It is believed that if nothing improves, or no action is implemented the casualty ratings will increase dramatically.
Other plans are to improve minor and major junctions, driving behaviours, vehicle programmes, speed reductions and much more. The goal is to save at least thirty per cent casualties compared to 2012.
Other cities are being reviewed and those which have been successful are Brighton and Portsmouth. By lowering the speed limit to 20 mph, casualties have fallen by up to forty per cent.
The 20mph zone in London's city centre is a welcome relief and has been embraced by the community and all motorists. At present, only a quarter of London is comprised of 20pmh zones. It is hoped the 20mph zones will extend beyond London to further boroughs outside of the city in the near future.
The 20mph zones create a safer place for everyone. If you are interested in your city being empowered by 20mph zones contact your local council. For further action visit Living Streets here.
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