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.
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?