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13 February 2018

A review of 20mph speed limits in Bristol is set to be carried out this Spring to look at the effectiveness of the lower limits in each area.

The review will involve consulting with local residents and councillors to look at how well 20mph is working in each area and assess whether there is anything that can be done better.

It is to be carried out in a similar way to the recent Residents’ Parking Scheme (RPS) reviews and will seek to make sure the speed limit is working as well as it possibly can.

A new report, carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE) for Bristol City Council to assess the impact of 20mph so far, has been released this week and will be used as a contribution for the review process.

UWE’s Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) study found that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits were implemented, with average speeds of between 19mph and 26mph on 20mph roads shown in the report.

On 30mph streets, average speeds on the roads surveyed were below 30mph in every area.

The lower speeds were also found during night and summer times, when there is typically less traffic to slow motorists.

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity, said: “It is still early days in terms of assessing the impact of 20mph, but the results from this report are a positive indication that lower speeds are making it safer to get around in Bristol.

“What we need to establish is where 20mph appears to be working and where it may not be as effective, and the statistics from this report give us a good indication of that.

“However, it is important that we have a clear idea of how 20mph is affecting individual areas and I look forward to working closely with local councillors and residents as we undertake a review in the Spring.

“I would like to thank UWE for helping us to form a strong base for that review with this innovative piece of academic research.”

The review will begin in Spring 2018 and it is anticipated that it will take place over an eight week consultation period. Any resulting changes that are agreed subsequently will take several months to implement, adhering to the usual legal procedures.

No decisions have yet been made on which roads will be included within the review. Local councillors will be involved in making this decision, which will also seek the contribution of local communities.

Information will be issued in due course on how people can get involved.

Original press release by Bristol City Council:

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