As a supporter of the newly launched Go 20 campaign, I’m calling on Londoners to identify dangerous junctions and streets in their neighourhoods as part of Road Safety Week, coordinated by the charity Brake. I want to turn London into a city of walkers and cyclists, and that’s why I’ve joined the campaign’s call to increase safety on local roads for people on foot and bike.
The GO 20 campaign is encouraging drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. In 2009, a London Assembly Transport Committee investigation found that in areas where 20 mph has been introduced in London there has been a 42 per cent reduction in casualties.
Transport for London (TfL) has recently invited comments for a new Road Safety Action Plan for the capital. I’ve backed the submission by the charity Living Streets, which focuses on road safety for pedestrians.
We need slow traffic down on our streets. A 20 mph limit offers the potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. I would like to hear from residents from across London, but particularly in Hammersmith and Fulham, about places which could benefit from 20mph limits, where there are dangerous black spots and where crossings need to be made safer. We also need to make sure that all dangerous junctions are identified and made safer for cyclists. I’m calling on local residents to let me know which junctions they think are unsafe.
If you know of a local road or junction which you Transport for London needs to look at, then let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Nicky Gavron AM, City Hall, London SE1 2AA.
At a time when the Mayor has cut the road safety budget from £59m in 2008 to just £23m this year, it is more important than ever to slow down traffic in residential areas and make all of our dangerous junctions and streets safe for people on foot and bicycle.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Everyone in London should be able to walk and cycle without fear or threat, and GO 20 is about bringing that about. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and neighbourhoods safe places we can use and enjoy.
“Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops: you’ll be helping to protect people, and you’ll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We’re also calling on the government and more London boroughs to recognise the benefits of 20mph limits, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20.”