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In May 2017 N & NES Council released a report on their recent 20mph area schemes. Whilst we believe that assessing the results of 20mph limits is important in order to better implement ongoing schemes and formulate local authority policy, this must be done in a reasonable, balanced and objective manner.
20’s Plenty for Us refute the findings and conclusions in the report and advise members that the report is so compromised that it would not be reasonable for them to make any decisions based on the report. This critique looks at the report in detail.
In particular it finds the report biased, lacking in statistical rigour and not meeting several local authority duties on competency and equality.
20’s Plenty for Us would be pleased to engage with Bath & North East Council to further discuss the report and propose how a better review and assessment of the 20mph areas may be conducted.
This critique should be read alongside the BANES report which may be found at :-
See our latest update on this issue and all the December 2017 media articles in our update here
Regarding the 01/2013 guidance the BANES report is informative but rather selective. For example one of the key points in 01/2013 was:-
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, using the criteria in Section 6.
It is surprising that this particular reference to 20mph limits was omitted. It shows very clear support for 20mph limits.
Another very important requirement in the guidance is contained in Para 32 :-