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 CTC Press release: 22nd January 2008

20-20 Vision for London

CTC, the national cyclists' organisation, today welcomed the plans of the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to encourage the widespread use of 20mph speed limits on London’s residential streets and to increase the funding for walking and cycling by 20% next year.

In a letter to London Green Party Assembly Members, the Mayor outlined his budget commitments for next year (2008/2009. He announced the funding for walking and cycling will be increased to £62 million (including £2 million extra for cycle training). He also unveiled plans to encourage London councils to introduce 20 mph limits on a borough-wide basis - rather than the current approach of isolated zones. Most busy main roads would remain at 30 mph. For more detail see GLA press release - link below.

In response to the announcement CTC’s Campaigns Manager Roger Geffen said:

"This is a wonderful opportunity to reverse the dominance of the car and create safe and attractive streets, where anyone can feel confident about cycling or allowing your children to do so. That would be a huge boost for the health of the capital and other parts of Britain are bound to follow suit.”

The news comes just one day after Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, announced that Cycling England’s budget will be increased to £140 million over the next three years, compared with £10 million a year at present (see CTC press release 21/01/08 – link below) and ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the government’s national obesity strategy.

· Press Release from Greater London Authority; http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=15358 

· Evening Standard Article: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23433523-details/20mph+limit+for+London/article.do  

· CTC Press release 21/01/08 http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4950 

· 20 mph zones have reduced injury collisions of all severities by 60% and those involving child deaths and serious injuries by 70%. A recent study by the Transport Research Laboratory for Transport for London shows that 20mph zones reduce all casualties by 42% and deaths and serious injuries by 53%. 20mph zones in Hull have reduced the number of people killed and seriously injured by 90%.

· A pedestrian struck by a car travelling at low speed has a very good chance of survival – only about 5% of pedestrian deaths occur at vehicle impact speeds up to 20mph. The transition from minor to non-minor injuries occurs at around 20mph. Reducing travel speed from 30mph to 20 mph reduces the risk of killing a pedestrian by about 95%, by making it easier to brake as well as reducing injury severity should a collision occur.

· A Commission for Integrated Transport survey of European best practice the found that towns and cities which made extensive use of 20mph / 30kmh speed limits (typically covering between 65 to 85% of the length of the street network) not only performed well on road safety but also had high levels of walking, cycling and public transport use, as well as economically strong and attractive town centres.

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