The Reducer turns one at Preston Street Primary

School children in Edinburgh have helped wish the city’s 20mph mascot, The Reducer, a happy first birthday.

As the countdown begins for the third phase of the new speed limit in the capital, primary one pupils from Preston Street Primary School received a visit from the superhero. On Wednesday he was joined by PC Neilson, who gave the children a road safety lesson, as well as demonstrating his speed gun on passing traffic.

Children used the opportunity to find out about road safety for a forthcoming poster project, which will involve pupils of different ages to raise awareness amongst all year groups.

20mph promotionPolice Scotland are enforcing the legal limits in zones one and two. Since the limits went live on 31 July, 21 people have either been charged, issued a fixed penalty ticket or reported to the Procurator Fiscal, with almost 500 given warnings.

Maureen Allan, Head Teacher at Preston Street Primary School, said: “A visit to Preston Street Primary School from Police Scotland and the 20mph mascot, ‘The Reducer’, brought a measure of excitement and learning for our young learners in the primary one and primary one / two classes. 

“With the school situated on the corner of a very busy junction, our enthusiastic youngsters gained a real understanding of why it’s so vital for drivers to reduce their speed limit to 20mph. Their task now is to spread this message across the school!”

Chief Inspector Mark Rennie said: "Road safety is a priority for police in Edinburgh, and we are committed to carrying out checks when new zones are introduced with warnings and fixed penalty tickets given as appropriate. With the existing zones having been in place for some months, awareness is growing; however with a significant number of visitors to the city every day, we will continue to work with the City of Edinburgh Council to raise that awareness further and enforce the limits, where operational demands allow."

Phase two of 20mph in Edinburgh was launched in February 2017, when the new speed limit was applied to roads across North and South Central / East Edinburgh, including Granton, Portobello, Duddingston and Morningside.

The first zone was introduced to the city centre and rural west Edinburgh on 31 July 2016, with a high profile awareness campaign ongoing to make sure residents and visitors know which streets have a new lowered limit and which have been retained at 30mph or 40mph.

Phase three of the project to extend 20mph limits to city centre, residential and shopping streets will begin in August and will cover streets in the west of the city, in areas including Cramond, South Gyle and Corstorphine. Once roll-out is complete, approximately 80% of the city’s streets will be 20mph, with a network of arterial routes maintained at 30mph and 40mph.

First approved by members of the Transport and Environment Committee in January 2015 following extensive public consultation, the new speed limit network aims to improve safety and amenity for road users by reducing speed, in turn encouraging people to spend more time outdoors in the area. 

Find out more about 20mph for Edinburgh on the Council website.

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