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.

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

Mark Ruskell MSP has completed a consultation on a Members Bill to change the default speed limit in built up areas across Scotland from 30mph to 20mph. The Bill will be presented to parliament in 2018 but it needs the support of as many MSPs as possible.

Write to your MSPs and ask them to support Mark's Bill to create safer streets. You can contact them here.

 

 

The consultation is now closed.

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Ruskell says Safer Streets are a step nearer with support from 25 MSPs from four parties

Thu 21 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (21 Dec) said safer streets are a step nearer after his proposal to lower the default speed limit in built up areas from 30 to 20mph received support from 25 MSPs from four parties. (See list below.)

The deadline for MSPs to formally endorse Mark's proposal has now passed, with supporters including the SNP's Clare Adamson, who convenes Holyrood's cross-party group on Accident Prevention, Labour's David Stewart, winner of the Scottish Road Safety Parliamentarian Award, Labour leader Richard Leonard and the Libdems' Alex Cole-Hamilton.

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.