Petition for 20mph zones in Battenhall

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A PETITION calling for roads in Battenhall to become 20mph zones will be handed to Worcestershire County Council tomorrow (Thursday, April 10).

Worcester's Green Party campaigner Louis Stephen carried out a door-to-door petition in The Hill Avenue, St Dunstan's Crescent, Foxwell Street, Cannon Street, and Livingstone Street, in Battenhall, Worcester, visiting every house across several days.

Mr Stephen, who has lived in Bath Road since 1997, said: "Many local residents supported the speed reduction in order to reduce road noise and make their roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and school children walking to school."

Only two per cent of the people living in the area were not in favour of dropping the speed limit to 20mph on their streets as opposed to the current 30mph standard limit with 167 people signing their names in favour of the proposal.

The Green Party is proposing that there are no additional speed bumps – simply low-cost 20mph signs on the entrance to these streets.

Mr Stephen will submit petition to the Worcestershire County Council cabinet meeting, calling for the Highways Department to investigate and implement this low cost initiative to improve road safety.

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3:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

I do wonder what people think a 20mph area is going to achieve.

Most areas you can't get UP to 20mph, and for those areas you can people who won't do 30mph won't do 20mph either.

And we all know how good the police are at enforcement......

Oh well I suppose it gives the people with nothing better to do something to bang on about.
I do wonder what people think a 20mph area is going to achieve. Most areas you can't get UP to 20mph, and for those areas you can people who won't do 30mph won't do 20mph either. And we all know how good the police are at enforcement...... Oh well I suppose it gives the people with nothing better to do something to bang on about. Hwicce
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4:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

truth must out says...

Seems the people of Battenhall are getting very fussy, no speeding traffic no site developement. We all now know where the NIMBYs have moved to....!!!
Seems the people of Battenhall are getting very fussy, no speeding traffic no site developement. We all now know where the NIMBYs have moved to....!!! truth must out
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4:24pm Wed 9 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

truth must out wrote:
Seems the people of Battenhall are getting very fussy, no speeding traffic no site developement. We all now know where the NIMBYs have moved to....!!!
Fortunately you're in the minority. 72% of the great british public indicated support for 20mph on residential streets in the latest Social Attitudes Survey. You and Hwicce are obviously in the 11% that don't.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: Seems the people of Battenhall are getting very fussy, no speeding traffic no site developement. We all now know where the NIMBYs have moved to....!!![/p][/quote]Fortunately you're in the minority. 72% of the great british public indicated support for 20mph on residential streets in the latest Social Attitudes Survey. You and Hwicce are obviously in the 11% that don't. i-cycle
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4:34pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Endconreignforever says...

I think 20Mph zones are good for the safety of children so why not just petition the government to change the complete system in UK and make all built up areas 20Mph Zones instead of 30Mph. This just seems more logical to me.
I think 20Mph zones are good for the safety of children so why not just petition the government to change the complete system in UK and make all built up areas 20Mph Zones instead of 30Mph. This just seems more logical to me. Endconreignforever
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5:44pm Wed 9 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
I think 20Mph zones are good for the safety of children so why not just petition the government to change the complete system in UK and make all built up areas 20Mph Zones instead of 30Mph. This just seems more logical to me.
Already happening. As the majority of major urban centres have or are about to go 20mph it won't be long. The Government is already encouraging all Highway Authorities to introduce more 20mph. The two main reasons Worcestershire have refused to is cost and lack of police support to enforce them without expensive physical calming e.g. the speed bumps, everyone hates. They are more effective, but signs alone reduce average speeds, accidents and bring a wide range of other benefits - which is why so many Councils are adopting 20mph. Where introduced its cost a one off £2-3 per head e.g. £200-300k for Worcester (probably less as if Warndon Villages goes 20mph as planned nearly 25% of the City is already 20mph) or to put it in perspective, the cost of a Toucan crossing on a dulled A44440.

The big problem locally is that its seen as a Highways issue and the Health and Environmental, Social and Economic benefits are being ignored.
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: I think 20Mph zones are good for the safety of children so why not just petition the government to change the complete system in UK and make all built up areas 20Mph Zones instead of 30Mph. This just seems more logical to me.[/p][/quote]Already happening. As the majority of major urban centres have or are about to go 20mph it won't be long. The Government is already encouraging all Highway Authorities to introduce more 20mph. The two main reasons Worcestershire have refused to is cost and lack of police support to enforce them without expensive physical calming e.g. the speed bumps, everyone hates. They are more effective, but signs alone reduce average speeds, accidents and bring a wide range of other benefits - which is why so many Councils are adopting 20mph. Where introduced its cost a one off £2-3 per head e.g. £200-300k for Worcester (probably less as if Warndon Villages goes 20mph as planned nearly 25% of the City is already 20mph) or to put it in perspective, the cost of a Toucan crossing on a dulled A44440. The big problem locally is that its seen as a Highways issue and the Health and Environmental, Social and Economic benefits are being ignored. i-cycle
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