|Welcome to the website of 20's Plenty
Already over 12m people live in local authorities which are adopting or have
adopted this policy. Most importantly, through democratic debate those
communities have decided that "20's Plenty Where People Live". And it is
those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive
slower in residential streets and where people walk and cycle.
"It's Time for 20" initiative launched
with call to press for repeater sign changes.
At the recent 20mph places conference (see below) we launched our call
for the government to recognise that the UK is in transition from the
old standard of 30mph being the "national" speed limit for lit roads, to
one where most urban and village roads will have 20mph limits and those
with 30mph limits will be the exceptions.
Already in many of our iconic cities less than 10% of roads will have a
30mph limits and it is becoming the "de facto" standard throughout the
country. Yet signage requirements are still built around 20mph limits
being isolated and covering a small area so need either 20mph repeater
signs or calming devices to "warn" motorists that the normal limit does
This imposes huge costs on local authorities for signage where they want
to create a consistent speed limit of 20mph, when it would be far more
cost effective to instead put repeater signs on the roads with a 30mph
limit. This would still allow the placing of 20mph repeaters and calming
devices where appropriate at the discretion of the local authority.
We are therefore asking local authorities, public health and other
organisations to write to the Under-Secretary of State for Transport and
ask for the signage regulations around 30mph and 20mph roads to be
modernised to be in-line with what is becoming the new standard for
20mph as the norm for most urban roads.
You can go to our "It's Time for 20" page
here and download our press release and templates for sending to the
Under-Secretary of State.
Our 4th annual 20mph Places Conference was held on 23rd May 2013 at Coventry Transport Museum. We
excellent speakers with content that really addresses some of the key
issues in 20mph implementations. With 90 attendees we had
representatives from local authorities across the UK and Ireland. During
the conference, Anna Semlyen was presented with the 20's Plenty for Us
Campaigner of the Year Award for her voluntary work in York.
Read a report on the conference by independent journalist John Morrison
Read the Press Release on the Campaigner of the Year Award
See our page here or download our
30kmh - making streets liveable
- you can do it!
And this aspiration for better streets where people live is shared
across Europe, which is why we are members of a pan-European "citizen's
committee" that is calling for the EU to consider implementation of
30kmh or 20mph limits as defaults for urban areas.
Our "European Citizen's Initiative" has been fully approved by the
commission as being within EU jurisdiction, and you can now assist by adding your signature to this
initiative. Just use this link
and click on the support button at the bottom of the page. Once we get
enough signatures then the EU Commission will have to make a serious
consideration of our proposal.
You can also go to our dedicated web page
here or see our recent press release
European Citizens Initiative for 20mph urban limits from Rod King on Vimeo.
GO20 coalition backs 20's Plenty for Us.
The GO20 coalition of organisations supporting our campaign has recently
been formed and currently comprises
Campaign to Protect Rural England,
British Cycling and the
Bicycle Association. 20's
Plenty for Us are delighted with the growing number of organisation who
are backing our "Total 20" policies. see more
Why we need 20's Plenty to prepare for the 2020 Olympics
Have you thought that the Olympians of 2020 are the teens of today who
are probably not allowed to walk or cycle to school because of fears of
traffic speeds and volume. As a nation we have had great success in the
2012 Olympics but think how much better we could be if the next
generation of Olympians could could be given the opportunity for active
travel that is denied them in so many of our towns and villages.
That's why we are launching our "20's Plenty to Build for 2020 campaign"
to really transform the way that our streets can be used for active
travel by the youth of today and the Olympians of tomorrow. We are
calling on the government and local authorities to work together to make
all our residential streets fit for children to walk and cycle on by
setting a 20mph limit.
Over 200 Places in UK now say "20's Plenty for Us"
We are delighted that we have over 200 local campaigns. Find out more about our local
campaigns which are transforming the way roads are shared
See our Press Release on the recent DfT announcement of a change to
Speed Limit Guidance
DfT releases 2011 Casualty Figures
Latest figures for 2011 road casualties show an 3% increase in road
deaths overall, but a 12% increase in pedestrian casualties. Now
pedestrians account for 24% of all road deaths which is one of the
highest in Europe.
UK Road Casualty Maps
You can now view a map of UK road
casualties over the last 10 years within our website. This shows
the breakdown of casualties by transport mode and severity with
fatalities shown by age, sex and date. It is fully zoom-able into your community to identify exactly
where casualties have taken place. Of course remember that many roads
may have fewer casualties for pedestrians and cyclists because road
conditions are so bad that such users rarely go on them.
See our Briefing Sheets page - All the
up-to-date information on how 20mph speed limits can work in your
|Rod King, Founder of 20's Plenty for Us is presented with
Influencer Award by Dame Suzi Leather at the annual DSC Social
Change Awards evening see more
News Flash - 26th June 2011
and approved by EU Parliament 27th Sep 2011
EU Transport Committee calls for
20mph speed limits for residential streets
20’s Plenty for Us
welcomes the call by the EU Committee on Transport and Tourism for
30km/h (20mph) speed limits in all residential areas.
20mph speed limits for residential areas has come out as the
key recommendation of the EU Transport and Tourism Committee
on improving road safety in Europe.
The Committee comprises MEPs from a wide range of political
parties and countries and is seeking to halve EU road deaths and
injuries by 2020. The Committee sets out specific measures to reach
this goal and in its press release
identifies 20mph limits as key for protecting children :-
MEP’s call for
a 30km/h speed limit in all residential roads and on single-lane
roads without cycle tracks, to help cut the number of children
under 14 years old killed by 60% and those seriously injured by
40%. They also say children should be taught road safety at the
youngest possible age.
This comes just days after the UK’s Transport Minister, Norman
Baker, announced changes in signage requirements which make it far
easier and cheaper for local authorities to implement wide area
20mph limits for cities, towns and villages.
See the series of EU video interviews
Professor Danny Dorling explains why adopting a default speed limit of
20mph in residential areas is a successful and growing road safety
campaign, but it’s also a driver for widespread social progress.
About Danny Dorling
Danny Dorling is a Professor of
Geography in the University of Sheffield, leading
the Social and Spatial Inequalities research group.
He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of
Geography, University of Canterbury, NZ, and
Visiting Professor in the Department of Social
Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.
He is the honorary president of
the Society of Cartographers and a founder of the
Worldmapper.org project. In 2009 he was awarded (for
work with colleagues) the Gold Award of the
Geographical Association and the Back Award of the
Royal Geographical Society for his work on national
and international public policy.
Danny is the author of
Injustice: Why Social Inequality Exists, a
detailed distillation of 20 years’ research into the
effects of neo-liberal economic policy on Britain’s
social fabric, and
So You Think You Know About Britain? – a study
of Britain’s ever-increasing inequalities.
Our 2011 conference
Here is the video we made of the 20mph City conference
We were pleased to be working with PTRC Training and Warrington Borough
Council in hosting a one day conference on 17th May dedicated to the
discussion on the benefits and implementation of 20mph limits on an
The conference brought together key presenters from local government,
health, marketing and campaigning to look at how the democratic
decisions around 20 mph limits are made and how they result in a better
urban and residential environment for all.
The conference was a real success. Presentations from the conference may
be viewed here.
The video that StreetFilms made on our campaign
Last year we were approached by the StreetFilms who work on sustainable
transport initiatives across the world. They had heard of our campaign
and created this video.
Fact Sheets and Press Releases
We have some new Fact Sheets available. These are all Acrobat PDF files.
limits encourage walking and cycling"
School Safety Zones are not a priority"
20 - Good for UK, good for EU"
"Updated FAQ for Local Authorities"
also read it on-line here.
"Binder of 20's Plenty for
Us Briefing Sheets and Press Releases" (5MB File)
"10 Ways that 20 mph Limits Benefit Motorists"
"Why area-wide 20 mph Limits are 7 times more cost effective than
isolated 20 mph zones".
It also includes a spreadsheet to
download showing the costs of casualties in your local authority.
See our latest Press Releases on child safety :-
Road, Casualties & Public Health - How 20mph saves lives
Primary age children cannot accurately see vehicles going above 20mph
See our new Fact Sheets and
Press Release pages for more
20's Plenty for New York
20's plenty for Us were presenting at the "Stop Speeding Summit" in
New York recently. The groundbreaking conference hosted by
Transportation Alternatives brought together Transport, Road Safety,
Health and Enforcement professionals and Rod King started the conference
with a review of the success of the 20's Plenty for Us campaign in the
Other meetings were arranged with New York politicians, activists and
officials. In the following video you can see Senator Eric Adams in a
walk around the Park Slope area of Brooklyn talking to Rod King and
other local activists :-
A Walk thru Park Slope with NY State Senator Eric Adams from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
New Yorkers have been looking at the progress in the UK on 20mph
limits and will shortly be introducing a wide area 20mph limit in the Bronx.
Our campaign has recently attracted the attention of the
organisation in New York. Here is the short video they made of our
You can also listen to the
Drive Safe New York rap
created by New York Rap Artist John D. Clarke.
For more information then use the link to our Information for Local
Authorities below, see our
press release in response or contact us directly.
We are working with a number of other organisations to support the
Quality Streets initiative, See more on the button below:-
Here are some other recent Fact Sheets and Reports.
20's Plenty For Us was formed in order to campaign for the implementation of
20 mph as the default speed limit on residential roads in the UK.
Research has shown that the vast majority of the public would like 20 mph on
residential roads. 2006 changes in Dept for Transport guidelines have relaxed
the recommendations and in many residential areas 20 mph limits may be set without
any physical measures at all.
have taken the initiative and implemented a default 20 mph speed limit
throughout their town in all except main arterial routes. This has been followed
by communities and local authorities across the country who now have a "Total
20" policy whereby all residential roads are or will be set to a 20 mph limit.
See the panel at top right.
This site aims to provide the arguments for 20's Plenty in a coherent
understood form with links to other material that shows how 20's Plenty saves
lives and makes very little difference to actual journey times.
In December 2009 the dept for Transport issued revised guidance
recommending 20 mph limits for all roads which are primarily residential
in nature and into town and city streets where pedestrian and cyclist
movements are high, such as around schools, shops, markets, playgrounds
and other area which are not part of any major through route.
20's Plenty for Us are involved with many more local authorities who
are looking to set a 20 mph as the default speed limit for all
Dept for Transport Paper on
20 mph for residential streets.
This paper invites views from the public and road
related organisations. It also changed the guidance to be used by local
authorities in setting 20 mph speed limits.
20's Plenty For Us leaflet
Open the new 4 page PDF leaflet on the 20's
Plenty campaign. It is also available as a 2-sided A4 PDF version which
can be printed and folded into a leaflet. The RTF version can be opened
in most word processors and can used for you to copy selected text.
See a range of appropriate reports from SWOV
(Netherlands Institute for Road Safety Research) and TRL
(transport Research laboratory)
See the new page for local 20's Plenty For Us campaigns.
See the report on the visit by London assembly to Portsmouth 18/11/08
See the latest Transport Committee Report on Road Safety which
recommends wider use of 20 mph speed limits.
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materials, posters, documents, etc.
Search Google for articles on 20 mph speed limits
20's Plenty For Us is a voluntary organisation. You can help us
campaign by making a donation through the following link. No matter how small,
or large your donation it will be a great help to the campaign. Many thanks.