Bristol is getting set to introduce its first 20mph zones with signs and road markings alerting road users to the new speed limits starting to be put into place in the UK’s first Cycling City.
Jack.fm reports that Bristol City Council hopes that motorists will adapt to the new speed limits, which are being piloted in Southville, Windmill Hill and parts of Bedminster, prior to their formal introduction on 19th May. A second pilot scheme in east Bristol, including Easton and Montpelier, will follow later in the year.
The reduced speed limits are aimed at prompting people to switch to walking or cycling for short journeys, reduce accidents, cut vehicle emissions and benefit the environment, and the scheme, which falls under the Cycling City initiative, has been drawn up in partnership with Active Bristol.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.