20mph speed limits extended to more residential roads in South Birmingham
Written by Tristan Harris on November 14, 2018
THE NEW 20mph speed limit zone which was piloted in some residential areas of South Birmingham has now been rolled out across more parts of the city.
The Birmingham City Council scheme will cover an extra 325 roads, including Bournbrook, Selly Park, Edgbaston, Harborne, Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley.
This is the fourth and final stage of a pilot that has seen limits cut by a third in residential streets across the city centre, Bordesley, Small Heath, Sparkbrook, Moseley, Kings Heath and Balsall Heath.
In total, it means more than 1,500 streets in built-up areas of Birmingham are now covered by a 20 miles per hour speed limit.
Yesterday officers from West Midlands Police’s Road Harm Reduction Unit joined transport officers and the fire service in several roads to raise awareness of the extension.
They included Cartland Road, Raddlebarn Road, Edgbaston Park Road and St James Road – all streets where residents flagged up speeding as a concern.
More than 50 drivers were pulled over and spoken to during Tuesday’s awareness day with 48 offered a roadside educational input on why the lower limits were being introduced.
They were also shown a short video, made by Birmingham school children, in which pupils ask drivers to think about the potentially fatal consequences speeding.
PC Mark Hodson from the unit said: “The 20mph scheme is all about reducing the number of pedestrians, children and cyclists being injured in collisions on residential streets.
“New signage has been put up along these roads to make drivers aware of the change so there can be no excuses for speeding.
“Studies from across the UK and Europe have shown that 20mph zones significantly decrease the risk of being killed or seriously hurt in a collision at 20mph compared to 30mph. Our work is always about reducing the number of collisions and saving lives.
“Our awareness and enforcement day was very well received by local residents with many coming approaching us to say thanks for enforcing the 20mph limits.”
Coun Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said the 20mph zones were aimed at making roads safer for everyone who used them – young and old, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
“As far as I am concerned, safety is paramount and we already know that the consequences of being hit by a car driving at 30mph are significantly worse than they would be if the car was driving at 20mph.
“These are residential roads where families live, children play and people are walking to school and work, so I hope that all motorists using these roads will show proper consideration and keep within the limit because if they choose to speed then the consequences could be far, far worse than a fine and penalty points.”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) backs 20mph zones in residential areas.
A study suggests pedestrians struck by a car travelling at 20mph has just a 1.5 per cent chance of suffering fatal injuries – but that jumps to 8.5 per cent in 30mph collisions.
A full review of the pilot will take place over three years but early analysis shows a rapid decrease in the the number of people killed or seriously hurt in collisions on 20mph roads, compared with existing 30 limits.
For more information on the 20mph rollout visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph.