Living Streets Scotland is pleased to announce a new project which will work in four communities across Scotland, supporting communities and local authorities to introduce 20mph areas.
© Andy Carlin / Cycle Walk Vote
The chances of a pedestrian dying as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle decreases hugely at slower speed.
1 in 5
1 in 40
Lower speeds mean fewer accidents and more opportunities for walking and cycling. The air is cleaner. There is less traffic noise. Children and older people find it easier to cross the road. Communities feel like better places.
Lowering speed is about safety - at 30mph there is a 1 in 5 chance of being killed; at 20mph there is a 1 in 40 chance of being killed.
But lowering speed is also about helping to redress the balance between walkers, cyclists and cars. And it helps to get us all a bit more active!
Residential streets are areas which have to both accommodate cars but also be a place where people walk to the local shops, exercise dogs, where children learn to ride bikes or residents commute to school or work.
However many communities now feel that cars – and the speed they drive at - are preventing people using the streets for walking and cycling. People feel wary about where to cross and there are increasing fears about safety when out walking.
Increasingly communities across Scotland are concerned about the speed of traffic in their streets.
Communities like Dunbar in East Lothian have campaigned effectively for a 20mph limit in most of their town – and the local authority has worked with them to make this happen.
Our Lower Speed Communities project will work with communities and local authorities to look at:
Lossiemouth Community Council approached Living Streets Scotland with concern about road safety on streets surrounding one school.
In discussion, it became clear that concerns applied to a large residential area which is home to both of the town’s primary schools and close to the High School and Leisure and Community Centre.
The major concerns are: speed and volume of traffic particularly at school entry and exit times, speed and volume of traffic near play areas, parking, and encouraging people to walk or cycle for short distances.
Both primary schools have high numbers of pupils who walk to school, however both are concerned about traffic volume and speed on the children’s walk to school, parking outside the school and speed of traffic on roads near the schools.
Both schools have part-time 20mph zones outside the school entrances. Contact has been made with officers at Moray Council who are supporting the group with traffic counts and mapping of the children’s journey to school. The working group has representation from Police Scotland and both primary schools and local elected members are in attendance.
An Action Plan has been agreed, with the period to summer used for evidence gathering and planning and most action concentrated in the August to November period.
Continuing work will include contacting local organisations, publicising to the wider community, evidence gathering on speed and volume of traffic, mapping the walk to school and following up on the walk round with the local community on 1 June.
The Communities Team at Aberdeen City Council contacted Living Streets due to concerns with speed and volume of traffic being raised during resident engagement on the new Localities Plan.
Tillydrone sits beside the new Diamond Bridge and is bisected by the upgraded Tillydrone Road. This has led to an increase in volume and speed of traffic going along this road, and increased traffic within the estate.
Discussions with local people raised a range of issues: speed and volume of traffic on Tillydrone Road, increased volume, speed and rat running of traffic within the estate, conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on the new cycle and walk way, dangers for children crossing roads to school, increased pollution, and a concern to encourage children and adults to walk and cycle more.
Discussions are underway with the two local schools and Transport Planners. The Council’s school crossing patrol team is involved followed safety concerns raised by one lollipop lady.
An initial Action Plan is being drawn up and the next steps include: mapping children’s journey to school, canvassing local people for their views on specific issues, gathering evidence of speed and changes to traffic volume, contacting other local groups and drawing up a set of priority actions.