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Maximum speed limit also hoped to cut accidents

A maximum speed limit of 20mph has been proposed in two residential areas of Bristol in pilot schemes aimed at encouraging more people to walk and cycle and to cut accidents.

The schemes, which have been drawn up by Bristol City Council’s Cycling City project with Active Bristol, will operate in Eastville, Easton, Ashley, Lawrence Hill, St George West wards, Bedminster, Lawrence Hill, Southville and Windmill Hill. The proposed 20mph speed limit will apply to all residential streets within the pilot areas that are not considered to be a major traffic route.

Councillor Jon Rogers, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, said: “The primary aim of these pilot zones is to make walking and cycling in these communities safer and more attractive to more people. Reducing the speed limit to 20mph should also help to reduce the number of road accidents, which is another reason for promoting these schemes.

“We will be monitoring the success of the two pilot areas and listening to comments from local residents and businesses as well as those who regularly pass through these areas before we look at whether they could be extended to other parts of the City.

“We are not expecting the schemes to cause any significant delays to drivers passing through these areas as the nature of the areas chosen is such that the narrowness of the streets and the high level of on-street parking mean that it is neither safe nor suitable for vehicles to travel at more than 20mph.”

Claire Lowman, Active Bristol Manager, said “We know that 67% of the adult population in Bristol don’t currently take enough physical activity to benefit their health. The easiest and most accessible forms of activities are those which can become part of daily routine, such as walking and cycling. Therefore, any measures we can take to make the environment safer and more attractive and safer are welcomed."

The speed signs will be put up on both sides of the street to advise motorists that they are entering the zone, with repeater signs being provided throughout the area to remind them to keep their speeds down.