Petition – Calling on Barnsley Council to implement 20mph speed limits in residential areas and outside schools across the borough.
We have launched a campaign asking the Council to implement 20mph limits in residential areas and outside schools across the Borough.
This follows hundreds of responses to a recent road safety survey, which highlighted numerous areas of concern to residents.
Lib Dem Cllrs Steve Hunt and Peter Fielding raised the matter at a recent scrutiny meeting, asking the Highways Department questions about road safety.
The responses given were very worrying, with shocking figures about the rate of Killed and Seriously Injured casualties in Barnsley. They are significantly higher than the national average in England and have increased every year since 2016.
Research done in other council areas has shown that a highly effective way to make our streets safer is to implement 20mph limits in residential areas and outside schools. This will reduce the number of road casualties in Barnsley.
In Calderdale the implementation of 20mph limits has reduced casualties by 30-40% (*). In Leeds injury rates reduced by 50% or more (**).
Evidence shows that at 30mph an impact collision leads to 45% of pedestrians being killed whereas at 20mph this is just 5% (*).
20mph limits are also excellent value for money. The savings from reduced injuries outweigh the costs incurred in their implementation and enforcement (*).
The Liberal Democrats are committed to making our roads safer and are calling on Barnsley Council to implement 20mph limits in residential areas across the Borough. In addition, for any schools not covered by these limits we are calling for 20mph speed limits operating at school times and supported by signage and lights.
Sources * Report to the Calderdale Council Scrutiny Panel ** Leeds City Council Report to the Executive Board from the Director of City Development.