Benefits of a 20mph limit are fairly clear
I was rather surprised to read (Mailbox, January 12) that Councillor Porter does not believe there is "clear evidence" for the benefits of 20mph speed limits on residential roads.
Not only do 20mph speed limits make a big impact on accident rates, they also make the streets a less daunting place for cyclists and pedestrians, encouraging people to get more exercise, reduce their carbon footprint and chat to their neighbours as they are walking around their community.
It is for these reasons that such a wide range of organisations, from cycling groups and road safety campaigners to the EU and the NHS, are in favour of 20mph speed limits.
Coun Porter also neglects to mention that in streets in Portsmouth where the average speed was above 24mph before the council brought in 20mph speed limits, they measured a 7mph reduction in the average speed of vehicles. Across the city, they recorded a 22 per cent reduction in road traffic accidents.
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I would say that the benefits of 20mph speed limits are fairly clear.
Hannah Wakley, Leicester Friends of the Earth.