20s Plenty for Us

What a delight to stumble across the website of 20’s Plenty for Us!

My hypothetical Parallel Universe turns out to be in the UK…

In March 2010 when I first wrote about an imaginary futuristic world where the maximum speed of any powered road transport device is 30-km/h within urban areas the notion seemed plausible to me, but most readers politely suggested the idea would remain a dream.  It turns out that dreams can come true:  The 20’s Plenty for Us movement in the UK (20 mph = 32-km/h) appears to be gaining some real traction.

Already 5m residents live in towns which are adopting or have adopted this policy. Most importantly, through democratic debate those communities have decided that “20s Plenty Where People Live”. And it is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive slower in residential streets and where people walk and cycle.

via 20s Plenty for Us.

Professor Danny Dorling explains why adopting a default speed limit of 20mph in residential areas is a successful and growing road safety campaign, but it’s also a driver for widespread social progress.

Danny Dorling is a Professor of Geography in the University of Sheffield, leading the Social and Spatial Inequalities research group. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, NZ, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.
He is the honorary president of the Society of Cartographers and a founder of the Worldmapper.org project. In 2009 he was awarded (for work with colleagues) the Gold Award of the Geographical Association and the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on national and international public policy.

Check out some myth-busting FAQs at: http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/FAQ_on_20mph.htm

Re-energised by discovery of this marvellous initiative I invite readers to respond to the proposition of translating the idea to towns in the wide brown land of Australia (or indeed any urbanised non-European area substantially developed with the assumption that private cars are the primary mode of transport) where the urban DNA is not necessarily similar to the UK and Europe.  What, if anything, would we need to do differently?

Photo: Peter Berkeley Edinburgh 2007

Photo: Peter Berkeley Edinburgh 2007


2 responses to “20s Plenty for Us

  1. Pingback: FlyKly – future mobility | John Cameron's Blog

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