New 20 mph speed limit zones in Bradford city centre to go live

Bradford Council has announced that new 20 mph speed limit zones in Bradford city centre will go live on 2 September.

The zones aim to protect vulnerable road users including children, pedestrians and cyclists by improving road safety at key locations of the district.

It is hoped the scheme will also encourage more people to take up walking and cycling.

The new zones will cover Bradford city centre within the inner ring road extending to include Bradford College and University campuses.

A programme of 20 mph zones around schools was rolled out earlier this year.

A significant number of streets around these schools were included in order to improve safety for pupils on their journeys to and from school.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Twenty mile per hour zones are a proven way of making our roads safer and our proposed city centre zone will help make it a safer and more attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists as well as making it generally more inviting to live, work and visit.

“By rolling out a programme of 20mph zones around schools and nearby streets we can really make a difference in protecting children from the dangers of speeding and promote responsible driving and road safety across the district.”

BRAKE, Director of Campaigns, Joshua Harris, said: “We absolutely welcome the rollout of these 20mph zones which will be a huge boost to road safety in Bradford. Slower speeds save lives and also make our streets more liveable environments, encouraging people to walk and cycle safely and confidently in their local area.

“Twenty miles per hour limits where people work, live and play are widely accepted as the safest option, with stopping distances at 20mph half those at 30mph. We all want to be able to move around in safe and healthy ways and reducing vehicle speeds is a simple, but effective, way of achieving this.”

Nick Lloyd, Acting Head of Road Safety at RoSPA, said: “The higher the speed, the greater the forces involved in a collision. Twenty miles per hour zones are an important safety feature in residential areas, near schools and where there is a high frequency of vulnerable road users.

“RoSPA supports the introduction of such schemes as they have been shown to reduce road injuries whilst encouraging more walking and cycling.”

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