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In July 2012, following a successful pilot scheme, Bristol City Council voted to bring in a 20 mph speed limit throughout Bristol.
The scheme will cost £2.3 million. This will come from a share of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) allocated by the Government in 2012 and the Local Transport Plan Settlement.
The lower speed limit is proposed to be introduced in six phases starting with central Bristol on 20 January 2014 and is proposed to continue until March 2015.
The Phases Map (pdf, 321 KB)(opens new window) shows each proposed phase including the two pilot schemes.
All roads except dual carriageways, 40mph and 50mph roads will be considered for the new 20mph speed limit. The speed limit would apply to all motorised vehicles on the road.
The three key benefits to the reduced speed on Bristol's roads are:
Supporting and building communities
The vision of 20mph is to help create more pleasant communities for us all to enjoy.
Slower speeds and ultimately reduced car use for local trips will lead to a less noisy and more people-centred community.
The reduced speed also makes it easier to cross roads, particularly for children and the elderly, and access local facilities helping to build stronger communities, and encouraging children to become more active.
Safer streets for all
The success of Cycling City and Active Bristol initiatives means that more people are choosing to walk and cycle in and around the city.
Slower speeds will make the streets safer for everyone, reducing the number and severity of collisions.
A pedestrian struck at:
- 20mph has a 97% chance of survival
- 30mph has an 80% chance of survival
- 35mph has a 50% chance of survival
(according to ROSPA).
Making Bristol healthier and happier
With lower road speeds, walking, cycling and outdoor play become more attractive, all of which have a positive impact on health and the community.
As well as increasing physical activity, these pursuits give a greater opportunity for social interaction.
Information about the two 20mph pilot areas set up in South and East Bristol including a monitoring report.
Further information on www.bristol20mph.co.uk
Phone: 0117 903 6449