Signs go up ahead of first phase of 20mph rollout

Signs and lines advertising the soon-to-be-effective new 20mph speed limit are being installed in parts of Edinburgh's city centre and rural west area from this month.

20mph by Ian Britton
20mph sign painted on the road. Photo by Ian Britton

Phase 1 of the rollout of a 20mph speed limit on all residential, shopping and city centre streets in the Capital will begin on 31 July 2016, when a Traffic Regulation Order formalising the reduction in the speed limit comes into force for the first zone. 

Large 20mph signs will mark the entrance and exit of a 20mph area where the speed limit is changing.  These will be supplemented by smaller repeater signs or road markings with speed limit roundels.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "Edinburgh's taking a hugely positive step in embracing slower speeds across so much of our city and we know that other cities in Scotland are keen to learn from our example. People will start to spot new 20mph signs around the city centre and rural west Edinburgh over the coming weeks as we get ready for the first phase of the 20mph roll-out to go live on 31 July. We’ll also be widely publicising the move to 20mph so that residents and visitors to the city will know where it applies."

Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director for 20’s Plenty for Us, said: "A 20mph limit for most roads is becoming the norm for UK's iconic cities and it is good to see Edinburgh following the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Liverpool, etc. Already 15m people in the UK live in such places. And it's happening internationally in Paris, London, Grenoble, Barcelona, Milan, Brussels and many more. Just last week Dublin also announced its 30kmh (18.5mph) limit plans.

"A 20mph limit makes a great walking city like Edinburgh an even better and more liveable place to be. It makes Edinburgh a great city to be holding our first Scottish 20mph conference on June 8th."

Chief Supt Kenny MacDonald of Police Scotland said: "Keeping road users safe is a priority in Edinburgh and we’re committed to working with partners to achieve this. Statistics show that reducing speeds reduces casualties, and we expect people to abide by the new legislation.

"As with all speed limits in the city, further action may be taken in areas where non-compliance is reported."

The rollout of 20mph speed limits across Edinburgh will be carried out in phases as follows:

Zone One

City Centre and Rural West (South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno). Speed limit applies from 31 July 2016

Zone Two

North. Speed limit applies from 28 February 2017

Zone Three

South Central/East. Speed limit applies from 28 February 2017

Zone Four

North West. Speed limit applies from 31 July 2017

Zone Five

West. Speed limit applies from 31 July 2017

Zone Six

South. Speed limit applies from 31 January 2018 

The Ready for 20 Scotland Conference will be held by 20's Plenty for us at the City Chambers on Wednesday 8 June 2016, sponsored by Transport Scotland and featuring presentations by City of Edinburgh Council, BRAKE, Living Streets Scotland, Police Scotland and Transport Scotland, among others.

Did you know?

- Pedestrians are 7 times less likely to be fatally injured if hit by a car at 20mph compared to 30mph

- 20mph creates a better environment for people to walk and cycle

- 20mph neighbourhoods have higher levels of social interaction

- 20mph streets allow children to play outside safely and be more physically active

- 20mph streets have less traffic noise

- 20mph encourages a smoother driving style with less stopping and starting leading to reductions in emissions and fuel consumption

- 20mph is designed to be self-enforcing with no new speed humps

- 20mph gives drivers more time to react 

- Research shows that every 1mph reduction in average speeds is likely to result in a 6% fall in the number of casualties

- Police Scotland are supportive of lower speeds and are working with the Council to achieve this

- Impact on car journey times is expected to be minimal with no significant change to bus journey times

- Businesses can benefit from a more pleasant environment for shopping, work and leisure

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