South East Euro-MP urges people to sign up to support safer streets

21 November 2012

According to the road safety charity Brake, three in four children in the
South of England say drivers need to slow down around their home and
school, and that they would walk and cycle more if roads in their
neighbourhood were safer.

The European petition, ‘30kmh – making streets liveable’, calls for
20mph/30kmh limits to become the norm for urban and residential streets
across Europe. Local authorities would be able to make exceptions where
other measures have already been taken to provide for the safety of
pedestrians and cyclists.

UK campaign group ‘20’s Plenty for Us’ has worked with other organisations
throughout Europe to use the new, democratic, European Citizens Initiative
process (3) to create the petition. If more than a million people from at
least seven EU countries – about 55,000 from the UK – sign up then MEPs
must debate this proposal to introduce 20mph/30kmh speed limits for urban
and residential roads. The European Commission must also seriously consider
how it could be introduced.

Keith Taylor has long championed 20mph speed limits and has visited
communities across the UK to support their calls for lower limits on their
streets. Last year he successfully gained the support of the European
Parliament for 20mph residential speed limits to be recommended as road
safety best practice across the EU. 8.3m people in some of the UK's most
iconic cities already live in communities adopting the 20mph limit.

Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee,
said: “Speed limits should be reduced wherever people live, to reduce
injuries and fatalities, traffic noise, air pollution – and CO2 emissions.”

He continued: “The number of people dying on British roads is on the
increase. More than 1,900 people were killed in 2011, three per cent more
than in 2010 – and the biggest increases were among children and those aged
over 60. Many of these lives would have been saved if the vehicles involved
had been travelling more slowly. That’s why I keep campaigning for slower
speeds across the South East.”

He concluded: “Portsmouth, Oxford and Chichester are three cities that have
already introduced 20mph speed limits on residential roads. This European
Citizens’ Initiative is an excellent use of this new EU process. I would
urge everyone to sign the petition and help make towns and cities across
Europe safer and more pleasant places to live and travel.”


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