20mph-sign-blue-skyGo Bike, the Strathclyde Cycling campaign, has launched a petition calling on the City Council to follow Edinburgh City Council’s recent decision to make 20mph the default speed limit across large parts of the city. The petition is available on the Council’s website and is open until Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The petition states, “There is an increasing trend across the UK and Scotland to reduce the default urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph. These lower speeds encourage more considerate driving, leading to safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The current mode of 20mph implementation in Glasgow is to reduce speeds only on selected residential streets, and only after the installation of costly traffic-calming measures. If Glasgow City Council maintains this approach, it will take many years and significant expenditure before 20mph speed limits become the norm across our city.”

i-love-my-bike-bell_0“The City of Edinburgh has recently decided to by-pass the street-by-street approach by making 20mph the default speed limit on 80% of its streets, and without the installation of traffic-calming measures. Edinburgh citizens can look forward to calmer roads where walking and cycling become considerably more attractive options. Overall there will be less traffic congestion, better health, less noise, more social interaction and stronger communities. In the event of accidents, the lowered speed will significantly reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury. Glasgow could reap similar benefits by following Edinburgh’s lead and plan for a similar city-wide reduction in speed limits.”

“Transport Scotland is encouraging the implementation of 20mph limits and it is likely that these will in time become the default speed limit in all Scottish urban areas. This petition is to ask that GCC sets in motion plans for city-wide 20mph speeds. The sooner they are implemented, the sooner lives will be saved and our environment improved.”

You can access the petition via the Council’s website.