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More Schools Sign for 20 is Plenty

9th September 2013
Recently St Johns, Epping, Leverton Infant and Nursary School and Theydon Bois Primary School joined an ever increasing group of schools supporting 20 is Plenty. Research shows that 20 mph school zones are not effective in protecting school children, as children often travel in an area much wider than just around the school. That is why a policy of Total 20 should pursued by Councils in all residential roads to portect children.

Epping Forest 20 is Plenty Launches .

19th July 2011.

 Activists for 20 mph speed limits for residential roads have launched an Epping Forest campaign. Limits have 20 mph signs not road humps. Slower speeds bring 22% fewer casualties and major quality of life improvements for all road users.
Steven Neville contacted 20’s Plenty for Us in April with concerns about inappropriately high speeds in Epping Forest. ‘I have seen far too many reports in the papers of dangerous speeding and indeed seen such things myself. Where I live in Buckhurst Hill there have been at least 13 serious injuries and 2 fatalities in the last five years, and many more coming off the worst for ware.’
20mph limits for all residential roads in a local authority (Total 20) is a single change that makes a huge difference. 2 years after 94% of Portsmouth’s roads went 20 mph there were 22% fewer casualties, including 23% fewer drivers and 50% fewer elderly drivers. 20 mph is seven times safer than 30 mph as thinking times increase and stopping distances reduce meaning that collisions are either avoided or that the crash impact is reduced. Speeds is crucial to kinetic energy (e= ½mv2) where energy is half the mass times the velocity squared.
20 mph limits are environmental and save drivers and society money. 20 mph pilot schemes in Warrington were estimated by local council officers to produce an 800% rate of return from casualties avoided. A smoother driving style with less braking and acceleration means that 12% less fuel is used. 20 mph reduces pollution and climate change gas emissions. Plus some car trips transfer to walking, cycling or public transport, further cutting congestion. People moving by their own power brings massive savings to society from less inactive lifestyles. Parents are freed from some time consuming escort trips and children gain independent skills.
As to costs, limits are £333 per street when done area-wide as a “Total 20” scheme. Some roads can be exempted where merited. Over 5 million people live in places like Oxford, Bristol, Islington, Newcastle, Warrington and Lancashire who have already done, or are committed to 20 mph residential limits. Decisions regarding local road speeds are with local politicians. 20’s Plenty for Epping Forest aims to convince decision makers that 20 mph limits make sense and are popular in Epping Forest. For instance, by collecting petition names and headed notepaper letters of support.

Anna Semlyen, Campaign Manager for 20’s Plenty for Us said :-
“I am delighted to help 20’s Plenty for Epping Forests launch. They join over 75 grass roots campaigns around the country all saying 20’s Plenty where people live. Please get in touch to find out more, join for free or to help.“

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