Your chance to have a say on 20mph limits
By The Bristol Post | Saturday, September 15, 2012, 05:00
CONSULTATIONS start this weekend on plans to impose a 20mph speed limit on Bristol's residential roads.
The Bristol City Council Cabinet 20mph
The Post revealed earlier this year that the Liberal Democrat-run city council planned to expand 20mph limits across the city after introducing them on 500 roads in a pilot scheme in 2010.
The speed limit is due to be introduced in phases from next July.
Exhibitions in locations around central Bristol start tomorrow to gather opinions and give more information on the subject.
Dual carriageways, 40mph and 50mph roads are not affected by the planned reduced speed limit, but all other roads will be considered.
At the exhibitions residents can find out more about how their local area is affected and can voice their opinion on which roads should not be included.
The council hopes the lower speed limit will reduce the risk and severity of road accidents, reduce the negative impact of anti-social speeding and support people to become more active.
Cabinet member for transport Tim Kent said: "This is a good opportunity to find out about 20mph and how it could improve your neighbourhood. 20mph brings safer streets and encourages walking and cycling. This, in turn, helps build local communities and will make Bristol an even better place to live."
Areas where the speed limit is due to come into force first will host exhibitions over the next few weeks.
Further exhibitions are planned throughout the city next year, in all other areas where the reduced speed will come into force later.
The first round of exhibitions all run from 10am until 4pm.
The first is today (Saturday) at Redland Library.
Next Friday – Clifton Library will host an exhibition, which moves to Cheltenham Road Library the following day.
On September 26, Clifton Down Shopping Centre hosts an exhibition, followed by Tesco Eastville on September 28 and Bristol Central Library on September 29.
There is also an online survey at www.bristol.gov.uk/20mph and a public conversation on www.askbristoldebates.com