Cycling UK backs Mark Ruskell MSP’s bill for 20mph in Scotland’s urban areas

Cycling UK would like to see 20mph as the norm across urban areas in Scotland
People walking across a Glasgow street
People walking across a Glasgow street

Cycling UK backs Mark Ruskell MSP’s bill for 20mph in Scotland’s urban areas

Cycling UK is backing a proposal to introduce 20mph limits in urban areas across Scotland and is urging MSPs to support it.
  • With cross-party support established, the Scottish Parliament will vote on 20mph bill next year
  • Cycling UK urges MSPs to support the bill ahead of vote
  • Lower speeds will make Scotland’s urban streets safer, healthier and cleaner, and encourage more people to cycle

Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s lodged his Member’s Bill with the Scottish Parliament on 20 November, and already has cross-party support from 20 MSPs. The Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Billl will be voted on next year at Holyrood, and if passed as legislation will make Scotland’s streets safer, cleaner and healthier for communities in urban areas.

Cycling UK is asking MSPs across Scotland to support the bill proposal by 19 December, especially Liberal Democrat and Conservative MSPs, who to date have not added their backing to safer streets with lower speed limits.

The bill aims to improve road safety and tackle air pollution, while still giving local authorities the ability to set higher speeds on appropriate arterial roads. Cycling UK supports 20mph default limits in urban areas, because lower speeds lead to safer streets which are easier for cycling and walking and is one of the simplest ways to reduce road casualties.

The national cycling charity has made it easier for people to contact their MSPs through a simple to use online tool.

Roger Geffen, Policy Director at Cycling UK, said:

"The adoption of 20mph as the default speed limit in urban and residential areas across Scotland is the opportunity to redefine the spaces between our homes, changing them from 'roads' to 'streets'. With lower speeds, dangerous thoroughfares become public spaces where it’s easier to walk, cycle, socialise and play. We support Mark Ruskell’s 20mph bill and would encourage Scotland’s MSPs to lend their weight to it in advance of the vote next year.”

Suzanne Forup, Head of Development for Scotland at Cycling UK, added:

“The Scottish Government’s recent doubling of the active travel budget will help more people to walk and cycle for everyday trips, and Cycling UK believes that the adoption of 20mph speed limits in our urban areas will support the Scottish Government’s welcome investment in active travel. We are urging Cycling UK members to contact their MSPs and ask them to support the 20mph bill, so that lower urban speeds are the norm, our streets become safer and more people choose to cycle.” 

To contact your local MSP, use Cycling UK's online tool.

Contact information 

For more information contact the national Cycling UK Press Office on 01483 238 315, 07786 320 713 or email publicity@cyclinguk.org

Notes to editors 
  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.cyclinguk.org
  2. For Cycling UK’s policy briefing on 20mph speeds, see: https://www.cyclinguk.org/campaign/20-mph-lower-speeds-better-streets
  3. For details of the Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill put forward by Mark Ruskell MSP, see: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/104723.aspx
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