Last month Portsmouth City Council proclaimed itself the ‘first city in
Alex Bentley, Portsmouth City Councillor with responsibility for transportation outlined the reasons for the scheme’s introduction, ‘This scheme has won
The bulk of existing research on reducing 30mph limits to 20mph has shown impressive reductions in serious casualties and deaths, but the process for local councils wanting to introduce widespread 20mph limits remains a time consuming and potentially expensive one.
Many cycling groups back the idea of national default speed limit of 20mph as a way of avoiding the current difficulties of introducing 20mph limits at a local level. Bikeradar has previously outlined plans for a London-wide 20mph limit. In 2006 the government came under pressure from a broad coalition of groups, including the Cyclists Touring Club, to introduce a national blanket default 20mph limit during the passage of the Road Safety Act. The campaign was known as ‘20’s Plenty’ but the government failed to introduce the measure.