Who supports it?

Department for Transport Guidance:

Traffic authorities are asked to keep their speed limits under review with changing circumstances, and to consider the introduction of more 20 mph limits and zones, over time, in urban areas and built-up village streets that are primarily residential, to ensure greater safety for pedestrians and cyclists
Setting Local Speed Limits – Department for Transport

Local Support for 20mph limits

As well as collecting over 1,300 petition signatures, we have been gathering evidence of support from local organisations. Here is a list of those who have pledged support so far. If you would like your name to appear on this list, please get in touch by emailing 20splentyforworthing@gmail.com

  • Worthing Borough Council (unanimously voted in favour)
  • Worthing Liberal Democrat Party
  • Worthing Green Party
  • Keith Taylor, MEP for South-East England
  • The New Montessori Pre-School, Tarring Road
  • Worthing High School
  • The Vale School, Findon
  • West Durrington Phoenix Group
  • Transition Town Worthing Transport Group
  • Quest Adventure Cycles
  • Worthing SCOPE
  • Coast Café
  • Davison High School for Girls
  • Bramber First School
  • Footprints Children and Family Centre
  • Broadwater Manor School
  • Springfield First School
  • St. Matthew’s SMALLS – baby and toddler groups at St. Matthew’s Church, Tarring Road
  • St. Matthew’s Pre-School, Tarring Road
  • Thomas a Becket First School
  • Whytemead First School
  • Sidney Walter Centre
  • Worthing Revolutions
  • Thomas a Becket Middle School
  • Hawthorns First School
  • Rosie Youth Centre, Durrington
  • Lyndhurst First School
  • Durrington First and Middle School
  • Heene CofE First School
  • Families for Children
  • Northbrook College
  • Tarring Neighbourhood Panel
  • First Choice Disabled Taxis, Worthing

We also have a growing number of personal letters of support from Worthing residents.

However, 20’s Plenty is not just a local campaign. Many other towns, cities and villages, (Manchester, Cambridge, Liverpool, the whole of Lancashire, Edinburgh, Bristol, Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Oxford to name but a few) covering a total of 12 million UK residents, have already implemented 20mph limits on residential roads or are seriously considering it. Through democratic debate those communities have decided that “20’s Plenty Where People Live”. It is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive slower in residential streets and where people walk and cycle.

International Support for 20mph limits

The European Union Transport Committee in June 2011, having considered all the evidence across Europe, made 20mph speed limits for residential areas a key recommendation for improving road safety in Europe.

In September 2011 the European Parliament adopted a resolution with the “strong” recommendation of a 30kph (20mph) speed limit, which would apply “in all residential areas and on single-lane roads in urban areas which have no separate cycle lanes”.

The Netherlands, the country with the best road safety record of any country in the world, has 18mph (30kph) speed limits on 19,000km of residential roads and has seen the number of hospital admission crashes decrease by 27%.

National Support for 20mph limits

The UK Government also recognises the benefits of 20mph and in 2010 issued official guidance stating:

“We want to encourage highway authorities to introduce, over time, 20 mph zones or limits into streets which are primarily residential in nature and into town or city streets where pedestrian and cyclist movements are high, such as around schools, shops, markets, playgrounds and other areas, where these are not part of any major through route.”

Many other organisations are concerned that we need to create safe environments to encourage more people to walk and cycle. They issued a policy call demanding, amongst other things,

“make 20mph or lower speed limits the norm for residential streets and those used by shoppers, tourists and others, close to schools or public buildings, or important for walking and cycling or children’s play. In urban areas only the busiest strategic traffic routes should now qualify for higher speed limits”

Over 110 organisations have pledged their support

  • Age Concern and Help the Aged Arrhythmia Alliance
  • Association of Directors of Public Health Blood Pressure Association
  • British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • British Dietetic Association
  • British Heart Foundation
  • BHF Health Promotion Research Group
  • BHF National Centre for Physical Activity & Health
  • British Hypertension Society
  • British Lung Foundation
  • BMA Public Health Medicine Committee
  • British Nutrition Foundation
  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)
  • Campaign for Better Transport
  • Campaign for National Parks
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation, Swansea University
  • CCPR
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Child Growth Foundation
  • Children in Northern Ireland
  • Children Safety Education Coalition
  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
  • Corporate Citizenship Committee of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • CTC the national cyclists’ organisation
  • Cycle Campaign Network
  • Cyclinginstructor.com
  • Cycling Projects
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Department of Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences, University of Bristol
  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges
  • Environmental Protection UK
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Forum for the Future
  • Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign Heart Care Partnership (UK)
  • Heart of Mersey
  • Highland Cycle Campaign
  • HITRANS Active Travel Group
  • Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers
  • Institution of Highways & Transportation
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Liftshare.com
  • Living Streets
  • Living Streets Scotland
  • London Cycling Campaign
  • London NHS Travel Network
  • Men’s Health Forum
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Mind
  • National Association for Primary Education
  • National Children’s Bureau
  • National Coalition for Active Ageing
  • National Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • NHS Confederation
  • NHS Sustainable Development Unit
  • National Heart Forum
  • National NGO Forum
  • National Obesity Forum
  • Northern Ireland Cycling Initiative
  • Northern Ireland Environment Link
  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety
  • Paths for All Partnership
  • PharmacyHealthLink
  • PlayBoard Ltd
  • Play England
  • Play Scotland
  • Play Wales
  • Ramblers’ Association
  • Ramblers Cymru
  • Ramblers Scotland
  • Richard Armitage Transport Consultancy Limited
  • RoadPeace
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
  • Royal Society for Public Health Sandwell PCT
  • Socialist Health Association
  • South Asian Health Foundation
  • Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign
  • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
  • Sustainable Development Commission
  • Sustrans
  • Three Rivers Way Association
  • Times Cyclesafe Campaign
  • Town & Country Planning Association
  • Transform Scotland
  • Transport & Health Study Group
  • UK Public Health Association
  • Walk21
  • Walk England
  • Walkit.com
  • Walk to School Campaign (National Steering Group)
  • Warrington Cycle Campaign
  • Weight Concern
  • Wheels for Wellbeing
  • WhizzGo Europe Ltd
  • World Cancer Research Fund
  • WWF Northern Ireland
  • WWF-UK