Living Streets meeting to discuss 20 mph speed limit in urban & residential areas on 17 June 2010

June 14th, 2010 by Pat Wisher

On 17 June 2010 Living Streets will hold an open meeting titled “Twenty’s Plenty for Guernsey.”

The meeting which takes place at the Emma Ferbrache room in the Princes Elizabeth Hospital (PEH) beginning at 7.30 pm will discuss the merits of introducing a 20mph speed limit in urban and residential areas of Guernsey – places were we live, work and play.

Living Streets UK has been campaigning for this for some time and several towns in the UK have already moved in this direction. As a result the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured have reduced by 50-60%.

When Living Streets Guernsey (formerly STEPS) responded to the Environment Department’s review of the island speed limits we said we wanted to see the UK style speed limits – 20,30 and 40. We particularly asked for 20mph around all schools and in parish centres and other built up areas.

The call for 20mph limits is based on well know research which has shown that a pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 20mph has a 97% chance of survival. As speeds increase that chance falls steeply and by 35mph half of pedestrians hit will lose their lives.

Founder member of STEPS, Val Rowland, will be putting the Living Streets case and then we will open up the meeting for discussion.

We have invited the Douzaines to join us at this meeting. The Police will be represented by DCI Nigel Taylor and we are hoping that there will be someone from the Environment Department and the Guernsey Motor Trades Association (GMTA).

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