South Bristol 20mph zone takes shape
Signage is now being installed in Bedminster, Southville, Windmill Hill and Ashton to remind residents that the area is now a 20mph zone.
Work started with small repeater signs in the area (see below, image 1). Road markings and larger signs are now being installed at all the entrance points to the 20mph zone (see below, image 2).
The project has been developed as part of the Cycling City project in partnership with Active Bristol. It aims 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 this is a pilot, before and after monitoring is being carried out in order to determine the success of the scheme. Areas being monitored will include vehicle speeds, bus journey reliability, road casualties, noise and air quality and health and community issues.
All roads within the boundary are included except:
- York Rd
- Clarence Rd
- Malago Rd
- St John's Lane
- A 22m section of Dalby Ave (from its junction with Stafford St).
Following appointment of the new cabinet, Councillor Jon Rogers, Cabinet Member for Care and Health, retains responsibility for delivering a healthy Cycling City. He said: "20 mph zones were one of my very first priorities in my former role. So I am delighted to launch the first pilot on my first outing in my new role. 20 mph zones create cleaner, safer, friendlier neighbourhoods for cyclists and pedestrians. They are popular with residents, as slower traffic speeds mean children can play more safely and all residents can enjoy calmer environment."
Councillor Gary Hopkins, the new Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Waste and Targeted Improvement, added: "We know that many more people want to see 20mph zones in their areas. I intend to continue to find innovative ways to deliver 20mph zones for more Bristol residents. We all believe that 20 is plenty where people live."
Two of the images below show examples of the 20mph zone reminders. The final image shows a map of the area covered by the 20mph zone.
A similar zone is north Bristol is expected later in 2010.