Jenny Willott MP backs GO 20 campaign for safer walking and cycling in Road Safety Week

November 20, 2012 1:28 PM

Jenny Willott MP backs GO 20 campaign for safer walking and cycling in Road Safety Week

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, is backing a national campaign launched today (19 Nov) appealing to drivers and authorities to GO 20, to bring about a 2012 legacy of safe walking and cycling for everyone.

Brake, the road safety charity, alongside a GO 20 coalition, is appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. The coalition is also calling for 20mph limits to become the norm across built-up areas, so children and adults can walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being or feeling endangered.

The GO 20 campaign is being launched at the start of the UK's annual Road Safety Week (19-25 November 2012), coordinated by Brake. Jenny is joining thousands of community groups, schools and organisations across the UK getting involved to promote road safety and call for safer streets.

Jenny Willott MP says: "I want my constituency to be as healthy, happy, and friendly as possible for everyone who lives here, and slowing down to 20mph around schools, shops, and homes will help us to achieve that. It will also help us to prevent devastating casualties on our roads, which cause terrible suffering to the families affected. That's why I'm getting behind the GO 20 campaign and showing my support for Road Safety Week. My constituents deserve as many opportunities as possible to get active outside, and to not be endangered while they're on foot and bicycle. I am pleased to work alongside Brake to make that a reality."

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, says: "We are delighted that Jenny Willott MP is getting behind the GO 20 campaign. Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat, and GO 20 is about defending that right. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places we can use and enjoy. Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit's still 30: you'll be helping to protect people around you, and you'll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We're also calling on more authorities to recognise the benefits of 20mph limits, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20."

Every day in the UK, 19 adults and seven children are mowed down and killed or seriously hurt when on foot or bike. In 2011 pedestrian and cyclist deaths and serious injuries went up significantly (see below).[1]

The GO 20 coalition (Brake, Living Streets, Sustrans, Campaign to Protect Rural England, the National Heart Forum and 20's Plenty for Us) is highlighting that slower speeds in towns, cities and villages can help deliver a post-2012 legacy of active communities, and prevent devastating pedestrian and cyclist casualties.

Many authorities are already recognising the benefits of slower speeds by implementing 20 limits across towns and cities. GO 20 calls for: more authorities to do this; the government to work towards 20mph limits being the norm in communities; and drivers to pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the current default limit of 30mph remains.

Anyone can pledge their support for GO 20 and safer walking and cycling at go20.org.

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