New 20mph speed limits planned by the Council are due to come into force in another three areas across the city over the next 3 months.
In response to requests from residents to make streets safer for people on foot and on bicycles, the areas to receive the new speed limits are:
- Westmoreland/ Oldfield/ Lyncombe (part) and Widcombe (part);
- Walcot/ Lansdown (part)/ Lambridge (part) and
- Abbey/ Kingsmead.
Works to provide poles, signs, and road markings will commence from Monday 19th May 2014.
The speed limit follows extensive consultation with all communities and the approval of Traffic Regulation Orders by the Cabinet Member for Transport.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that a pedestrian has a ninety per cent chance of surviving being hit by a car at twenty mph, falling to a fifty per cent chance at 30 mph and to ten per cent at 40 mph.
The concept of 20 mph has been welcomed previously by the local Police.
Chief Inspector Simon Ellis, of Avon & Somerset Police, said: “Generally we welcome the concept of 20 mph in built-up areas. Reducing the speed of motorists in built up areas has to be a good thing and I have no doubts that it will make these areas safer places.”