LEEDS City Council is lowering speed limits in more residential areas across the city in an attempt to improve road safety for its communities.
The council said the latest phase of its 20mph speed limit programme will be rolled out from autumn 2018 and will see reduced speed limits introduced in more residential areas where they are not already in place.
“Significant” improvements in road safety have been seen in many of the residential areas where the 20mph limit is already in place, the council claims, with up to a 50% drop in road injuries.
The new zones also aim to make walking and cycling more attractive options, leading to less traffic congestion, better health, less noise, more social interaction and stronger communities.
“Leeds City Council has a long-standing ambition to improve safety and quality of life on residential streets within Leeds, and the completion of this program will help to meet this goal.
“There is strong evidence to suggest that by reducing traffic speeds within residential areas, people will feel safer and more confident on their local streets,” said Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning. “
This is particularly important for our most vulnerable residents, such as children, the elderly and those with disabilities, enabling them to travel more independently in their local communities.
“One of our key targets within Leeds is also to improve air quality. Encouraging walking and cycling instead of driving for short journeys, as well as adopting a smoother driving style and lower speeds will help contribute towards this”.
The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in Leeds fell from 495 in 2000, to 294 in 2013 (40%), according to figures released by the city council. Since 2013 the figures have plateaued slightly although the trend is positive again with 324 KSIs in 2017.