Wigan MP Lisa is backing a national campaign launched this week 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 201), coordinated by Brake. Lisa is joining thousands of community groups, schools and organisations across the UK getting involved to promote road safety and call for safer streets.
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 saw a significant increase.
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.
Lisa said: “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.”