A Shropshire-wide conference on the benefits of 20mph total system default 20mph speed limits on all residential roads in Shropshire.
Why would a well-directed local authority not want to reduce the chances of death and injury from road crashes?
Approximately 15 million people in England and Wales now live in areas where the majority of roads and streets have a 20mph speed limit.
There is widespread support (>70%) for 20mph mainly on road safety grounds.
It is very hard to kill a pedestrian or cyclist at 20mph (9 out of 10 pedestrians hit by a vehicle SURVIVE) but fatalities are more likely at 30mph (only 5 out of 10 pedestrians survive being hit).
There is robust scientific evidence that 20mph is a highly effective public health intervention and increases the number of people walking and cycling which in turn reduces car use, reduces congestion, reduces greenhouse gas emmissions and improves air quality.
Many of us have argued for five years or more for a Shropshire-wide 20mph limit but Shropshire Council refuses to adopt this policy and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion, has told us, he does not support the idea.
We are organising a high profile conference in Shrewsbury in September 2017 to bring together community groups, public health specialists and experts on the evidence that 20mph works well, is not expensive to implement and does not impose ex
tra burdens on policing through additional enforcement tasks.
We want to raise public awareness and engage with the media and present Shropshire Council with a strong, irrefutable case for the idea.