Safer Streets

20mph speed limits reduce traffic speed making our streets safer, healthier and cleaner in areas where we live, work and play.

20mph speed limits reduce traffic speed making our streets safer, healthier and cleaner in areas where we live, work and play.

Reducing speed cuts accidents and saves lives, while encouraging walking and cycling and lowering air pollution.

However there is currently an incomplete patchwork of 20mph zones across Scotland as the process for creating discrete 20mph zones remains costly and time-consuming for councils.

Mark Ruskell MSP is now consulting on a Members Bill to change the default speed limit in built up areas across Scotland from 30mph to 20mph.

Councils could keep some streets with higher speed limits in consultation with communities, but these would be the exception rather than the rule.

The consultation is now closed.

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Holyrood to vote on Ruskell's Safer Streets Bill thanks to cross-party support

Sun 3 Dec, 2017

The Scottish Parliament will be able to vote next year on whether the default speed limit in built up areas should be lowered from 30 to 20mph after a Green politician’s proposal received cross party backing from MSPs. 

Green MSP Mark Ruskell has so far received 20 MSP signatures from three parties, meaning that the Member’s Bill, aimed at improving road safety and reducing traffic pollution, has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Leaders of Edinburgh and Glasgow City councils welcome Safer Streets proposal

Sun 8 Oct, 2017

Green MSP Mark Ruskell today welcomed comments from the leaders of both City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council on his proposed safer streets bill, which would reduce the default speed limit on residential roads to 20mph while allowing Councils to keep 30mph limits where appropriate.

Safer Streets: https://greens.scot/saferstreets

The positive comments come as the consultation on the Bill closes: more than 80% of those who responded backed the principle of the proposals.

Safer Streets consultation shows frustration in communities at attempts to cut speed

Mon 11 Sep, 2017

A consultation by Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell on his proposed member's bill on reducing the urban speed limit from 30 to 20mph reveals the frustration in communities across Scotland at attempts to cut the speed limit to make local streets safer.

The consultation closes this Friday (15 Sep) and to date almost 2,000 responses have been received. Views have been overwhelmingly positive.

Ruskell urges Ministers to pick up the pace on plans for Low Emissions Zones

Wed 6 Sep, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Sep) urged Scottish Ministers to pick up the pace on plans for Low Emissions Zones to tackle the threat to public health from traffic pollution.

There are 38 pollution zones in Scotland where safety standards are regularly broken, including Bearsden, Glasgow, Johnstone, Coatbridge, Crieff, Cambuslang, Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Ruskell welcomes Holyrood inquiry into air pollution

Tue 4 Jul, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (4 July) welcomed news that Holyrood's Environment Committee is to conduct a major inquiry into air pollution, an issue he believes is a "public health crisis".

Mark led a Holyrood debate on the issue last month, highlighting the fact that the problem has worsened with the number of air quality management areas across Scotland rising to 38.

His member's bill which aims reduce the urban speed limit and cut air pollution is currently open to consultation.

Mark Ruskell MSP said: