PLANS to introduce 20mph speed limits throughout much of Edinburgh have been formally unveiled.
The move, first revealed by the Evening News in May, will be put to residents through a major public consultation.
City chiefs say the reduced limits encourage more considerate driving, which in turn leads to safer streets.
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Transport leader Councillor Lesley Hinds said the consultation was a “very important step in our journey towards a culture change in the Capital” and that the Council wanted to make sure as many people as possible have the chance to comment on the proposals.
“We’ll concentrate mainly on signage, although physical measures like pedestrian islands may be required on some residential streets where speeds don’t fall sufficiently with a signs and paint only approach,” she explained. “I also want to stress that speed humps will not be used on any main streets – ie those most likely to have bus services on them – which move to a 20mph limit.
“And the nature of the busier roads on which a 20mph limit is likely to be taken forward – the city centre, shopping streets and other roads with high numbers of pedestrians - means that impacts on bus journey times are expected to be very limited.”
The plans follow a pilot in South Edinburgh where a previous consultation showed strong support for applying extensive 20mph limits.
The 2012 Edinburgh People’s Survey showed the majority of residents were in favour of 20mph limits in residential areas, shopping streets and the City Centre and 67 per cent of people supported a 20mph limit for all City Centre streets in comparison to just five per cent who opposed it.
Rod King, Founder and Director of the 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign, said he was almost positive the plans will go-ahead.
“I think it’s excellent because what has been found out consistently is that this is a universal aspiration that communities have to make their streets better,” he said.
“Setting a stand for the speed of motor vehicles in those streets, particularly residential ones and where people walk is a good option.”
“It’s already happening in many English cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle so it will happen,” he added.