The Green Party in South Gloucestershire is urging the council to bring in area-wide 20mph zones, following the commitment of Bristol and Bath councils to do the same.
It has been shown that such area-wide schemes are extremely beneficial, and improve the quality of life of all residents.
Green Party transport spokesman Richard Burton said:
“20mph zones reduce pollution and congestion, encourage walking and cycling and improve safety for everyone. It works everywhere else, and it’s time the residents in South Gloucestershire had the benefits too.”
“There are some 20mph zones in South Gloucestershire, but they are very small and have little effect. Area-wide schemes have been shown to be much more effective. It would also be a cost saving measure, as the council wouldn’t need to install so many expensive and annoying traffic calming features, just to slow drivers down to a reasonable speed. Neither would the council need expensive special cycle routes if the roads were safer to cycle on.”
“In other places in the UK with area-wide schemes, walking and cycling have increased, and deaths and injuries have fallen, and it’s time for South Gloucestershire to start following their own declared transport policies and put pedestrians and cyclists first.”
“Come on South Gloucestershire, stop the pointless road building and get with the twenty-first century!”
Source: South Gloucestershire Green Party