AA Backs 20mph Campaign to Help Boost Cycling Safety

The AA have put their backing behind a new proposal to extend 20mph speed limits in a bid to boost cycling safety.

The AA have put their backing behind a new proposal to extend 20mph speed limits in a bid to boost cycling safety.

If enforced, the new regulation could see 20mph speed limits extended to residential areas that don’t provide adequate safety for cyclists.

The measure forms a vital part of The Time’s cycling campaign, “Cities fit for Cycling” which you can find more information about here.

The Time’s campaign has gathered significant attention from cyclists across the country with corporations and celebrities showing backing. This week MP Julian Huppart showed her support and television presenter Mark Bright has also endorsed the campaign.

President of the AA Edmund King said 20mph areas would be significant in improving the safety:

“We accept that if we had more twenties it would help. If it is a residential street or a road outside school, absolutely.”

“Our view is that we support 20mph zones where they work but there are still some roads in urbane areas that are roads for movement. A blanket 20mph may stop people getting around.”

Government research has also proven that reducing the speed of vehicles is the best way of improving safety. In areas where it has been trialed, cyclists killed or seriously injured have fallen by 50% among adult cyclists and 60% among child cyclists.

Despite these figures Police have expressed concerns about how the speed limits will be enforced, but MPs say that average speed check cameras offer an affordable solution.

You can keep up with the latest developments by visiting the “Cities fit for Cycling” website.

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