Saturday, April 11, 2009

Arguments for lowering speeds in local streets

John Whitelegg
Safe Speed Forum
  • quality of life is savaged by excessive speed
  • speed increases trip length. 'If you can go faster, you go further'
  • 40% of trips taken by car are less than 2 km
  • Portsmouth, UK, has adopted a 30 kph speed limit
  • lower speeds mean there is no need for expensive engineering solutions in local streets
  • its wrong to go 'bitty bitty' - a whole system of consistently lowered speed limits is required
  • 'its unethical to compromise safety for other benefits'
  • In Sweden the desired urban character has been defined as providing accessibility, security, safety and environment
  • each death costs the state $1m

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