Bristol Green Party has today responded with dismay to rumours reported in the media that Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, is planning to scrap the 20mph speed limits on some of Bristol’s most popular streets.
Commenting on the media reports, Leader of the Green Group of Councillors, Charlie Bolton said,
“I have personally contacted officers within the council who have assured me that no decisions have been made about which roads may or may not be included in any review. They further point out that there may be an opportunity to suggest reductions to the speed on selected roads with 30mph limits, but again no decisions have been made.
The fact that the review is still to come and no decisions have yet been made will come as a relief to people across Bristol and especially in my ward of Southville. The rumours suggested the 20mph speed limits on some of Bristol’s streets such as North Street in Southville would be removed. This would be irresponsible, dangerous and short-sighted and I would of course oppose this move. North Street is a major shopping street at the heart of our community and also on the walking route for two local primary schools.”
“20mph speed limits reduce the likelihood of accident and death if pedestrians or cyclists are hit. It also encourages people to out onto the street. Slower speed limits are good for pedestrians, good for children and good for communities. The 20mph speed limits on roads such as North Street are emblematic of the sort of city we want for the future - streets where our children feel safe to walk to school and play out with their friends.”