Living Streets Cymru supports a report published today (15 July 2020) that recommends a speed limit of 20mph on urban roads in Wales.

The Wales 20mph Task Force Group was set up by Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters in July 2019 and today’s final report calls for a default 20mph speed limit for restricted roads in Wales with a target date of April 2023.

If legislation is passed, Wales will become the first country in the world to reduce the default speed limit for urban areas to 20mph.

If someone is struck by a vehicle at 20mph their chance of survival is up to 97 per cent. This decreases with every mile driven faster. There is also evidence that casualties are reduced when 20mph limits are introduced and that 20mph limits lead to more walking and cycling and lower noise levels.

20mph also means 3 decibels less traffic noise. People can more easily listen to each other and we all sleep better. In urban areas with speeds up to 35mph, a 6mph reduction cuts noise by up to 40%. The impact on journey times is likely to be slight.

Living Streets Cymru is a member organisation of the Task Force Group and provided evidence to Welsh Government to support the 20mph restriction.

 

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Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager for Living Streets Cymru, said:

“We’re very happy to see these proposals to reduce speed limits on urban streets in Wales. It’s more important than ever that we have safer streets and spaces for walking to support people’s physical and mental health.

“These are life-changing developments from Welsh Government because slower speeds will improve the places where we live, work and go to school. It will encourage more of us to walk and cycle – and feel safer doing so.

“We look forward to working with Welsh Government to support this legislation and make our streets and pavements safe and accessible for everyone.”

Download the Wales Task Force Group 20mph Report