Lower speeds means safer streets in Scotland

Lower speeds means safer streets in Scotland

Lower speeds lead to safer streets which are easier for cycling and walking. Reducing the speed limit to 20mph is one of the simplest ways to reduce road casualties and make streets feel safer says Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK's Head of Development Scotland.

Cycling UK supports Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s member’s bill to make 20mph the default speed limit in Scotland’s urban areas. The bill was proposed by Mr Ruskell in November 2017, and since mid-December Cycling UK has been encouraging members of the Scottish public to email their MSPs to pledge their support.

Close to 2,000 emails were sent to MSPs across Scotland, asking them to back the 20mph bill. At the close of the campaign, 25 MSPs have added their support, and the bill will now progress to a vote at the Scottish Parliament in mid-2018.

As of 20 December, the following MSPs have pledged their support to lower speed limits across Scotland’s urban areas:

Patrick Harvie, John Finnie, Clare Adamson, Andy Wightman, Ross Greer, Emma Harper, Graeme Dey, Gillian Martin, Angus MacDonald, Alison Johnstone, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Neil Findlay, Gail Ross, Claudia Beamish, Kate Forbes, David Stewart, Ash Denham, Jenny Gilruth, Claire Baker, James Kelly, Bruce Crawford, Jackie Baillie, Richard Leonard, Alex Cole-Hamilton

Cycling UK supports slower traffic speeds and back Mark Ruskell MSP’s bill because:

  • 20mph speed limits reduce traffic speed making our streets safer, healthier and cleaner.
  • Reducing speed cuts accidents and saves lives, while encouraging walking and cycling and tackling air pollution.
  • Lower speeds are safer for everyone, but vulnerable road users such as children, elderly people and disabled people will benefit even more.
  • This bill is not a “blanket ban” – councils could keep arterial streets with higher speed limits in consultation with communities.
  • 20mph zones across Scotland are patchy, and it is time-consuming and expensive for councils to implement them. This bill addresses the problem.

We will keep you updated on the vote at the Scottish Parliament, and when the date is confirmed for the bill’s debate in mid-2018, we will actively campaign to help make it become legislation.   

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