Campaigners call for 20mph speed limit in March

March Town Sign ANL-150322-161823009
March Town Sign ANL-150322-161823009

A 20mph speed limit campaign for all residential roads has been launched in March in a bid to make the town a nicer place to live.

A petition has been started calling on Cambridgeshire County Council to introduce a default 20mph limit.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the nationwide group ‘20s Plenty For Us’, which has nearly 300 local campaigns already set up across the UK.

Campaign co-ordinator Andrew Crawford says it is as much about improving the quality of local people’s lives, as it is about road safety.

He said: “The introduction of 20mph limits in other areas has shown an increase in levels of walking and cycling by making the roads more hospitable to use. This in turn can lead to better health and higher fitness levels. Children who walk to school tend to be more alert when they arrive, which is better for their education.

“Slower traffic speeds have other benefits too, such as noise reduction, reducing stress while driving, and improving road safety. Crossing roads becomes easier, especially for children, the elderly, and those with disability. This all adds to making a more pleasant place for everyone.”

Campaigners do not support physical calming measures such as chicanes and speed humps, which they say “do little for overall speed” and are expensive to implement.

For more information or to help with the campaign, contact Mr Crawford on: 07473443269 or email: march@20splentyforus.org.uk