Green MSP Mark Ruskell is fighting for a Safer Streets Bill that will reduce the speed limit on the roads where we live, work and play to 20mph. We could save lives, make our communities safer, and get more people walking and cycling. But the Bill looks set to be sunk by politicians who are more interested in what the motorist lobby has to say than in saving lives. We can only rescue the Bill if the Scottish Government wakes up to the fact that people across Scotland care.

Be heard now, before it’s too late.

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Did you know that road accidents are the largest preventable cause of death to young people in the UK?

In 2015 road accidents in Britain killed 145 people aged 10-19 and left 3,166 seriously injured. That’s why Mark Ruskell MSP is fighting for a Safer Streets Bill that will reduce the speed limit on the roads where we live, work and play to 20mph.

You’re seven times more likely to survive if hit at 20mph. 20mph default in built up areas is supported by the WHO, the UN, EU and the NHS as well as dozens of public health, walking, cycling and road safety bodies and a majority of councils.

Join us in demanding Safer Streets where we live and work play for all of us! Our current patchwork network of 20mph speed limits means that children and vulnerable road users lives are being put at risk,

Reducing speed cuts accidents and saves lives, while encouraging walking and cycling and lowering air pollution. Even a reduction in average speeds of as little as 1mph results in a 6% drop in accidents.

However, the process for creating discrete 20mph zones remains costly and time-consuming for councils. Under our proposals councils could keep some streets with higher speed limits in consultation with communities, but these would be the exception rather than the rule.

Mark has worked closely with the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation Scotland to create a comprehensive plan outlining how the bill would be implemented and how much it would cost. For just £10m per year for the first two years we can save lives and will see savings of £20m every single year going forward.

20mph limits are popular and support is rising with 72% backing a default limit in a recent survey. This mirrors the strong support in two separate consultations on the bill, which is now being considered by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee at Holyrood.

The evidence is strong and clear – but we need to keep the pressure up and write to the First Minister asking her to back Mark Ruskell’s Members Bill and make our streets safer for all of us.

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