The first 20 mph zones were opened in Norwich, Kingston-upon-Thames and Sheffield in January 1991 to address the problem of child pedestrian casualties in and around residential areas. In a study of the impacts of 250 such zones, carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in 1996, it was found that:
- Average speeds had fallen by nine miles per hour;
- The annual total of accidents had fallen by 60%;
- The number of accidents involving children had fallen by 67%; and
- The number of incidents involving cyclists had fallen by 29%.
It’s been drawn to my attention as school governor of Hollickwood Primary School that there have been a number of road accidents involving young children as cars drive around fast through residential roads used as cut-throughs. You’ll also be supporting the parents of children at Coldfall and Coppetts Wood primary schools, who have been campaigning for this to happen in their WalkSafeN10 campaign.
Remember, cats have nine lives but our kids have only one.
That’s why you should sign my petition for safer roads for everyone, including our children.