20 mph rollout

20 mph: Making Bristol a better place to live

For further information on the proposed 20mph speed limit, please visit www.bristol20mph.co.uk

Background to the scheme

In July 2012, following a successful pilot scheme, Bristol City Council voted to bring in a 20 mph speed limit throughout Bristol.

The scheme cost £2.3 million. This came 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 was introduced in six phases which started with central Bristol on 20 January 2014 and was completed on 23 September 2015.

All roads except dual carriageways, 40mph and 50mph roads were considered for the new 20mph speed limit. The speed limit applies to all motorised vehicles on the road.

Why we did it?

The three key benefits to the reduced speed on Bristol's roads are:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Community

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 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.

Contact us

Further information on www.bristol20mph.co.uk.

Email: 20mph@bristol.gov.uk.

Phone: 0117 903 6449