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Public favours 20mph zones

Date: 16 April 2014   |   Author: Martin Gurdon

Almost 80 of the British public favour 20mph zones, according to a survey by road safety campaigning group Brake and Allianz Insurance.

Some 1000 adults were canvassed, and 78% felt 20mph limits 'should be the norm' near schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres.

Some 81% believed that traffic travelled 'too fast' on some (51%) or all (30%) of their local roads, and 79% thought a reduced limit would encourage walking and cycling.

The figures are being used by the pressure group to lobby for a blanket introduction of 20mph limits in urban areas, with its 'GO 20' campaign.

"We need to tackle the senseless and violent casualties that continue to happen daily on our roads, and we need to enable people to live healthy, active, social lives.

"It's clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about -and it's clear this is what people want," said Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive.