We welcome and support the City of Edinburgh Council’s initiative calling for a 20mph speed limit for Edinburgh. As one of the most ambitious 20mph schemes to date, it sets an example that other cities in Scotland should follow.
Edinburgh is a thriving and vibrant city. A speed limit of 20mph will make our streets a better place for all who live, relax and work here, and improve the vast majority of Edinburgh’s residential and shopping streets.
But most importantly, 20mph saves lives. Simply reducing the speed of a car from 30mph to 20mph increases a pedestrian’s or cyclist’s chance of survival to 97 per cent.
Where 20mph has been introduced, road casualties have reduced, and walking and cycling levels have increased. Thousands of streets across the UK are now turning 20mph, transforming neighbourhoods and saving lives. More than 10 million people already live in local authorities which are adopting, or have adopted, 20mph.
We now ask Edinburgh to do the same.
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