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20 is Plenty

Twenty is Plenty. Lower speeds on roads where people live, walk and shop benefit everyone, particularly the old and young. People also feel less intimidated about cycling, and our car journey times are barely affected. The encouragement this gives people to choose active travel has enormous consequences for improved health, well being and air quality for everyone in Bristol.

We strongly support the city-wide 20mph areas and want these extended to every residential street in the Greater Bristol. We support a ‘Total Twenty’ approach where higher speeds limits are an exception, and only where there is protected Space for Cycling. There is an excellent website with all the evidence at Bristol’s Better at 20.

Recent posts about 20’s Plenty (click for full list)

  • How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back - our July 2020 webinar

    How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back - our July 2020 webinar

    How has Bristol responded to the Covid19 crisis and how could the Healthy Streets approach aid our development of streets for people? Bristol Cycling Campaign are delighted to be working with Bristol Walking Alliance to bring you our first joint webinar. After the success of our first webinar event (The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020) you can now book for the next at 7:30pm Wed 1st July, 2020. Please register for a

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  • Stop killing our children

    Stop killing our children

    While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what 'normal' looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for

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  • Yes, Bristol's sign-only 20mph intervention reduces speed (yet another study finds)

    Yes, Bristol's sign-only 20mph intervention reduces speed (yet another study finds)

    We're big fans of the Essential Evidence series of one page summaries of peer-reviewed literature on current transport policies and practice. This is produced by Bristol based Dr Adrian Davis in order to ensure that academic research and evidence informs implementation of planning and policy. Although sadly one recent summary shows that politicians are far more resistant to this than professionals and communities (No 187: Examining the politics of transport planning). Summary No 185 is

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  • Our response to the 20mph consultation

    Our response to the 20mph consultation

    20mph speed limits on most streets and roads in Bristol has been one of Bristol Cycling's campaigns (Twenty's Plenty) from the beginning. We encouraged as many BCyC members as possible to respond to the consultation in 2018 (7 Reasons Einstein would support 20 mph) and we were pleased at the overwhelmingly positive response the council received. We put in our own formal submission as well, as below or click here Response to 20mph consultation 2018.

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  • 20 mph and the Clean Air Zone

    20 mph and the Clean Air Zone

    Bristol City Councils 20 mph review finishes today. In this consultation, the potential of 20 mph to help meet the National Air Quality Objectives (NAQOs) for NO2 and PM10 emissions, for which Bristol exceeds, has almost completely been ignored. Instead, a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been proposed to tackle this as part of central governments Clean Air Framework. A CAZ would attempt to reduce air pollution by encouraging residents and businesses to purchase a

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  • 7 Reasons Einstein would support 20 mph

    7 Reasons Einstein would support 20 mph

    ACTION: Please take a moment to respond to the Bristol 20mph Review Our lives fundamentally rely on energy. It puts food on our table, gets us to and from work, powers our offices and factories. The more we use, the more money it costs us. Our demand for it causes wars, our generation of it emits harmful gases. Almost every issue 20mph raises is energy related and the answer to each, along with many of

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  • Bristol consulting on 20 mph speed limit

    Bristol consulting on 20 mph speed limit

    Bristol are consulting on 20 mph speed limits in the city (20mph Limits Review). We believe the city-wide 'Total Twenty' approach has been good for walking and cycling, and the evidence supports this. We're concerned that the review seems to be wholly focussed on reversing this and allowing 30mph on many roads. There is almost no mention of eduction or enforcement measures to embed the change. We're asking everyone to respond to the review. There

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  • Bristol's 20mph zones work and should be copied across Britain (please note, Bath)

    Bristol's 20mph zones work and should be copied across Britain (please note, Bath)

    Last month a review of Bristol's 20mph areas was published by UWE with coverage in local media (here, here and here). This adds to the growing weight of evidence backing city-wide lower speed limits (unlike a widely ridiculed 'report' from Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES). UWE’s Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) study found that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits

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