Have your say on 20mph

From this week, the people of Bristol have an opportunity to have their say on the proposed 20mph speed limit, due to be introduced in phases to the city from next July.

Manned exhibitions in locations around central Bristol start this week and aim to gather public opinions on the subject. Dual carriageways, 40mph and 50mph roads are not affected by the reduced speed limit, but all other roads will be considered. You can find out more on how your local area is affected at the exhibitions, and voice your opinions on which roads you think should not be included.

The reduced speed limit is proposed to reduce the risk and severity of road accidents in Bristol, reduce the negative impact of anti-social speeding to our communities and support people to become more active, through increased cycling and walking. “This is a good opportunity to find out about 20mph and how it could improve your neighbourhood,” said Tim Kent, Bristol Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport. “20mph brings safer streets and encourages walking and cycling. This, in turn, helps build local communities and will make Bristol an even better place to live.”

Initially, the exhibitions will take place in the area where the speed limit is due to come into force first (Central Bristol, Clifton, Redland and Bishopston) with further exhibitions planned throughout the city in 2013 in all other areas where the reduced speed will come into force later.

Dates and locations for the first round of exhibitions are:

Sat 15th Sept – Redland Library

Fri 21st Sept – Clifton Library

Sat 22nd Sept – Cheltenham Library

Wed 26th Sept – Clifton Down Shopping Centre

Fri 28 Sept – Tesco, Eastville

Sat 29th Sept – Bristol Central library

There is also an online survey at www.bristol.gov.uk/20mph and a public conversation on www.askbristoldebates.com.

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