A 12 months after the UK cities of Tub and Somerset enacted 20 mph “protected zones,” statistics reveal they’re something however.
To scale back site visitors deaths, Tub and Northeast Somerset declared 13 protected zones each in city and extra rural areas with strictly enforced 20 mph pace limits. The thought behind these zones is that with decreased velocity, drivers can be higher in a position to react to pedestrians. In observe, this hasn’t been the case, as almost all areas have reported the next occasion of pedestrian deaths within the 12 months for the reason that new limits took impact.
Now that officers know these zones aren’t working, the logical factor to do can be to switch the brand new pace limits with the outdated ones, proper? Properly, in accordance with the councils for Tub and Northeast Somerset, they can not as a result of it will simply price an excessive amount of cash. The implementation of those protected zones price the councils £871,000 ($1,165,576 at present alternate charges) and that altering them again would require roughly the identical quantity, cash that apparently is not within the coffers.
Whereas this case might initially appear to be a boon for the staunchly anti-“Velocity Kills” crowd, it’s famous within the research that the areas of elevated dying (seven out of 13 complete protected zones) didn’t make use of further site visitors calming methods similar to pace humps, or different lighting and signage. City areas in Tub and Somerset the place these further site visitors management measures are in place noticed reductions in dying and damage over the previous 12 months.
Many giant metropolitan areas in america are endeavor related measures as a part of the pledge often known as Imaginative and prescient Zero, which seeks to finish site visitors fatalities by 2024, with 34 municipalities having at present taken the pledge. Regardless of its lofty objective, the Imaginative and prescient Zero motion has gained energy on account of steeply rising site visitors fatalities, the majority of that are pedestrians. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if the adjustments made in Britain, and their outcomes, will mirror these within the US.