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20mph Speed Limits: 20mph is Plenty

Proposals for a pilot 20mph speed limit scheme, covering significant parts of central, east and south Birmingham were presented to the City Council’s Cabinet on March 17 2014.

The ‘20 is Plenty’ pilot is designed to demonstrate the road safety and wider benefits of lower speed limits after recent public consultation showed strong support for such measures near schools but mixed backing for a more widespread approach.

Under the proposals, the pilot scheme’s footprint has been based on support shown during public consultation and the road safety records of the areas in question.

The pilot areas cover all or part of the wards of Aston, Bordesley Green, Brandwood, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Moseley and Kings Heath, Nechells, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield and Washwood Heath. This includes the entire city centre within the A4540 Ring Road.

Children walking home from school

The pilot project is being developed as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution.

We will continue to update this page with further progress on the 20 is Plenty pilot, including information on consultations.

The following provides some further information based on key issues raised in the consultation. If you would like to know more please download our 20mph mythbusters document at the bottom of this page.

Cyclists on residential road

20mph limits would not apply on main roads as well as residential roads

We are proposing that 20mph be the speed limit on residential roads in the city; the main A and B roads would keep their current speed limit.

20mph limits will make roads safer

Evidence from several towns and cities across England shows that the implementation of 20mph limits reduces the number and severity of road traffic collisions. The Government has recommended that local authorities consider 20mph speed limits in cities based on this evidence.

The speed at which vehicles travel is directly linked to how severely injured a person might be after a collision. A pedestrian, if struck by a vehicle driving at 20mph, is likely to suffer slight injuries. At 30mph they are likely to be severely hurt and at 40mph or above are likely to be killed.

20mph speed limits is just one element of a package of measures to reduce vehicle speeds

The implementation of the scheme would be accompanied by a publicity campaign to persuade people of the benefits of driving at 20mph on residential roads. The campaign would be city-wide, whilst concentrating on the area involved in the pilot scheme.

Pedestrians in local centre

Public consultation results

The overall result of the public consultation was mixed, with strong views both in favour and against the proposals. There was, however, a clear majority in favour of 20mph limits in some parts of the city, and also strong support for a more targeted approach for example for 20mph limits around schools.

What happens next

Further detailed work is needed to decide the exact boundary for the pilot project, and which roads would change their speed limit to 20mph. This will include further local public consultation in the areas affected.

If you want to read more about 20mph speed limits you can do so in the attached mythbusters document: