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 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:

Safer Streets consultation launched

Mon 15 May, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (15 May) launched a three month consultation on his proposed "Safer Streets" member's bill, which would lower the default speed limit in urban areas from 30 to 20 mph.

Yesterday, an opinion poll showed that most Scots support the idea, while a quarter say the lower limit would make them more likely to walk or cycle.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

20 MPH limit: Poll boost for campaigners ahead of bill launch

Sun 14 May, 2017

Campaigners for a 20 mph default speed limit in urban areas have received a boost with an opinion poll showing most Scots support the idea, while a quarter say the lower limit would make them more likely to walk or cycle.

It comes ahead of the launch tomorrow (Mon 15 May) of a consultation by Green MSP Mark Ruskell on his proposed member's bill to switch the default urban speed limit from 30 to 20 mph to make streets safer and cleaner.

Traffic survey underlines need for action on speed limits

Wed 10 May, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets campaign aims to reduce speed limits in urban areas, is highlighting research showing most Scots think traffic is too fast in their neighbourhood for the safety of children on foot or bike. 

Greens push council to roll out 20mph zones

Thu 16 Feb, 2017

Greens have called on West Dunbartonshire Council to roll out 20mph zones to all residential streets after Scottish Green MSPs published Freedom of Information requests which show a "postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland.