Inner East Bristol 20mph speed limit comes into effect

Traffic will be restricted to just 20mph in and around most of Inner East Bristol as a trial speed limit comes into effect on Friday 22nd October.

In preparation, the wards of Ashley, Easton, Eastville, Lawrence Hill and St George West have seen the installation of 20mph entry signs, 20mph road markings and smaller 20mph reminder signs.

A map showing the 20mph boundary is shown below and a larger version is available to download. (Traffic on the roads shown in blue will not be restricted to this speed limit.)

Inner East Bristol 20mph map

In addition to these reminder signs, some of the streets where speeds were found to be in excess of 25mph have been chosen to be home to solar-powered Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS). These will flash up the new speed limit as an additional reminder to those driving faster than 20mph.

In Inner South Bristol, where the pilot 20mph limit came into force in May 2010, the roads in which VAS are present have seen speeds reduce by 2.9mph on average during their first month of operation.

Cllr Dr Jon Rogers, cabinet member for care and health, said: “When you consider that the current surveys being undertaken in Inner South Bristol show that overall speeds have been reduced by an average of 1.4mph, it is encouraging to see that where traffic travelled fastest, speeds have reduced the most.

“Weighed against Portsmouth - the first UK city to introduce a 20mph across all of its residential areas - whose campaign managed to reduce overall speeds by 1.3mph, Bristol’s vehicle drivers are being shown to take note of the new speed limit.”

The 20mph pilots have been developed as part of the Cycling City project in partnership with the Primary Care Trust and Active Bristol.

They aim to:

  • encourage more people to take up walking and cycling
  • improve road safety (in line with the Casualty Reduction targets)
  • help provide higher quality local environments for residents.

As with the Inner South Bristol pilot, a range of factors will be taken into account when the council monitors the Inner East pilot area.

Traffic Counts will take place from December 2010 to January 2011. The walking and cycling counts and household surveys that were conducted in the area in August 2009 will be repeated in August 2011, once the scheme has been in operation almost a year. Noise and air quality will be assessed. Bus journey times and service reliability will be monitored, and road casualty data will be analysed.

Cllr Gary Hopkins, cabinet member for strategic transport, waste and targeted improvement, said: “Bristol City Council will be one of the first Local Authorities to have carried out such extensive pre- and post-monitoring of the 20mph pilot areas, and we’re expecting the results to be positive. Initial results from Inner South Bristol have shown that 69% of residents surveyed consider that 20mph speed limits should apply to all residential streets.

“Moreover, there should be fewer road casualties. Portsmouth has seen casualties drop by almost a quarter. This proves the value of 20mph limits.”

This project is one of a number to receive funding from the Cycling City award. More information about Cycling City infrastructure projects can be found at: www.betterbybike.info/infrastructure