Birmingham City Council has today launched a consultation into proposals to reduce speed limits on 90% of the city’s roads to 20 mph.
The 20 is Plenty changes would affect mainly residential roads, with most main arterial routes keeping higher speed limits. Birmingham City Council is putting forward the proposals based on a government recommendation to make roads safer, aiming to reduce the number of road accidents and deaths.
Anyone who lives, works or travels in Birmingham is being asked to put forward their opinion.
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said: “By reducing speeds we can reduce the number of accidents on our road and save an estimated £5 million per year. The increased levels of safety will encourage more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes or feet, taking traffic off the streets – making our transport system more sustainable in the process.
“We think 20 is Plenty, in the context of these proposals. However, I urge everyone to have their say during the period of public consultation on an issue that affects everyone in Birmingham.”
It is estimated that any scheme would take between five and seven years to cover the whole city, at an estimated cost of £7million, of which £0.8m would come from the council’s recently-successful bid to the Government’s Cycle City Ambition Grant scheme. Other funding will come from sources already allocated for transport improvements, so will not impact on other services the council provides.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, added: “Where this type of scheme has been introduced in other towns and cities and on a limited basis in Birmingham in the past, the benefits have been enormous.
“Traffic speeds, collisions and casualties all decrease, so now is the time we should consider doing the same.
“The overwhelming majority of our roads are residential or near places such as schools, shops or parks. We need to ensure they are as safe as possible and 20mph speed limits are one of the most effective ways to do this.”
To find out more and take part in the consultation:
• Visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph to read more and complete an online survey
• Pick up a 20 is Plenty leaflet and questionnaire from your local library, neighbourhood office or leisure centres
• Attend an exhibition – Northfield District exhibition will take place on Monday 25 November 2013 between 3-7pm at Weoley Castle Library, 76 Beckbury Road, B29 5HR
See the 20 is Plenty website for more dates across the city
The consultation will run until November 29th and a report outlining the findings and final proposals will be presented to the city council’s Cabinet in early 2014.