Radio Sheffield – follow up

Radio Sheffield bit done, thanks again for input.
Link to the Rony Robinson show here:
We are on at  22 mins in  but quite  brief in the event due to big storey abot the A&E crisis.
listen also to the woman I was talking to in the waiting area 35 mins in, interesting she picked up on the social benefits! – a worthwhile conversation..
Note that Sheffield Council were invited but had no one available. This was just the sort of opportunity they should have be making the most of so we will be writing to say so & offer our services if they are so short or busy.
See attached paper for notes

11 more 20mph zones planned for Sheffield

We welcome the news that 11 new 20mph zones could be introduced across Sheffield soon.

The proposed list includes Gleadless Valley, Hillsborough, Woodhouse, Meadowhead. Stannington, Park Academy, Greystones, Firth Park, Wincobank and Hurlfield.

The new 20mph zones are in addition to the 14 areas brought in during the last two financial years.

All we require now is some commitment to enforcement.

 

2015 Conference – Cambridge 12th March

From Rod King..

I am delighted to release the details of the 2015 conference we are planning for March 12th, 2015 in Cambridge.

This will be the 6th 20mph conference we have been involved with and we have some great speakers lined up.

Conference details may be seen on our website at :-

http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/20mph_it’s_miles_better.htm

It will feature :-

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  • Lesson learned from implementations in Cambridge, Manchester and Liverpool
  • Keynote presentations from Chris Boardman MBE, Policy Advisor for British Cycling and Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets
  • Perspectives from Public Health
  • The impact of 20mph on place and equality
  • 20mph – the developing norm – opportunities and challenges
  • And our Campaigner of the Year presentation

It will be chaired by Phil Moore, chair of the TAG Transport Committee, who was an excellent chair at our 2013 conference.

We also are planning a free evening event in Cambridge just for campaigners where we will review the conference presentations from a campaigning perspective.

We will provide you with more details as they become available.

In the meantime it would be useful to ensure that your councillors, public health people and council officers are aware of the conference and date with the flyer that can be downloaded from :-

http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/20mph_Its_Miles_Better/20mph_Its_Miles_Better_Conf_Ad.pdf

Safety Body Recommends 20mph Limits as an EU Standard for Residential Areas

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has recommended that the EU adopts a series of standard maximum speed limits. ETSC says 20mph should be EU wide in residential areas and those with high levels of pedestrians and cyclists.

In the ‘Mid Term Review of the European Commission’s Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020 Briefing Stakeholder Consultation Workshop’ document, (17 Nov 2014) , ETSC reflect upon the progress against the EU objective to reduce deaths by 50% by 2020 from 2010 levels.
The UK currently lags behind in EU league tables at reducing road deaths. More needs to happen in the UK in road danger reduction. The UK is under-performing, having only reduced road deaths by 10% 2010-13 (1,905-1,713) compared to the EU average of 18%.

Speed management is seen by ETSC as one of the key priority areas with the view that :-
“Excessive speed is the single biggest contributory factor in road collisions resulting in death . On average, a 1% reduction in the mean speed of traffic leads to a 2% reduction in injury accidents, a 3% in severe injury accidents and a 4% in fatal accidents.”
And in order to address this ETSC say that the European Commission should:-
“..encourage Member States to adopt a maximum 50km/h (30mph) in urban areas and a maximum 30km/h (20mph) in residential areas and areas with high levels of pedestrians and cyclists.”

An aging population is also recognised as a factor in raised road risk. While elderly people account for one sixth of European population, every fifth person killed in road traffic is 65 years old or over. Vulnerable road users are also disproportionately represented in deaths.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us said :-
“30mph as a national urban limit is being rejected throughout the UK by most of our iconic cities and towns. 20mph (or 30km/h) is already being implemented by authorities with over 20% of the UK population. It is now seen as the right limit for residential streets and where motor vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists. This should be a wake-up call to UK central government to take a lead in responding by delivering this community enhancing initiative at a national level so that everyone in the UK can make their place a better place to be!”

News from Crookes Ward

Crookes Council ward priorities – all very positive

Theme 2: Transport and Road Safety – Improving road safety and the way that people move around the area

  • Work with Amey to ensure that the Streets Ahead project is effectively delivered and local people are kept informed.
  • Ensure that the Steel bank 20 mph scheme is fully implemented.
  • Progress the delivery of 20 mph zone in shopping and residential areas.

South Yorkshire PCC Elections – questions for candidates

Our friends over at cycleSheffield have sent an email to all of the 4 PCC candidates asking for a statement of priorities for actions to prevent deaths and injuries on South Yorkshire’s roads. The particular emphasis is on protecting vulnerable road users , pedestrians and cyclists.

The email is copied below as it will be interesting in particular to hear their views on enforcement of 20mph speed limits.

To: David Allen, English Democrats,; Alan Billings, Labour; Jack Clarkson, UKIP; Ian Walker, Conservative.

Sir,

Cycle Sheffield has over 550 members concerned about the safety of cyclists and pedestrians and the pressing need for healthier forms of travel. To help them make their voting decisions we intend to advise our members and other interested parties on your policies for road policing.

We would be grateful for a statement from you on:

  • the priorities for road policing and possible police actions to prevent death and injury on SY roads;
  • the education and enforcement that should or could be in place to ensure that moving traffic offences and anti-social driving do not create unnecessary risks for all other road users.

We note that:

  • 32 people were killed as victims of collisions on SY roads and 23 were killed as victims of violent crime in 2013;
  • nearly 4000 people were injured in road collisions on SY roads in 2013 and disturbingly the proportion of pedestrian casualties that are children is rising;
  • press reports on hit and runs in SY are depressingly regular and frequent;
  • drivers seem unable to voluntarily change their behaviour (cf speeds on Normanton Hill where Jasmine Chan was killed);
  • our members report regular and frequent traffic offences by drivers, eg obstructing cycle lanes and access to cycle paths, queueing in yellow boxes, stopping in ASLs, speeding in 20mph zones etc;
  • Sheffield City Council wants to get more people cycling to improve health and wellbeing, reduce congestion, and improve air quality but the evidence to the recent cycling inquiry in Sheffield showed that most of the hundreds of respondents said that people were unwilling to choose cycling because they think it unsafe because of the behaviour of other road users;
  • SY traffic collision data indicates that killed and injured figures overall are steadily decreasing year on year but national statistics show that people are travelling fewer miles in cars year on year so whether SY roads are becoming safer is a very moot point.
  • We also note that 4% of the total SYP budget spend is on road policing and 42% on local policing.

We believe that

  • many collisions are the result of excessive driving speeds, particularly in 20mph zones;
  • many collisions with vulnerable road users indicate driving that is inappropriate to the conditions at the time;
  • ‘minor’ traffic offences are a severe risk to cyclists, eg obstructing a contraflow cycle lane, or queuing in a yellow box, and deter people who want to choose cycling;
  • anti-social driving, eg tailgating, cutting-up, abuse, driving into ASLs, overtaking too close (the punishment pass), is a significant deterrent for vulnerable road users like cyclists.

Excellent 20mph pilot results from Edingburgh

Edinburgh is consulting on extending 20mph widely following South Edinburgh widespread 20mph experiment.
A report on the experiment, based on 1000 before and after interviews, found that…
  • Support for the 20mph rose from 68% before to 79% after
  • Those considering cycling to be unsafe fell from 26% to 18%
  • Children cycling to school rose from 4% to 12%
  • Children allowed to play on the pavement or street rose from 31% to 66%
  • Walking trips rose 7%, cycling trips rose 5% and car trips fell 3%.