Give your views on blanket 20mph zone across Stroud

Stroud News and Journal: Green Party county councillor Sarah Lunnon has been campaigning to get a 20mph area wide limit introduced in the town. Green Party county councillor Sarah Lunnon has been campaigning to get a 20mph area wide limit introduced in the town.

CENTRAL Stroud looks set to become free of speeding traffic as a blanket 20mph zone is now out to consultation.

Green Party county councillor Sarah Lunnon has been campaigning to get a 20mph area wide limit introduced in the town.

Gloucestershire County Council has given notice that it intends to make a road traffic order extending the existing 20mph zone throughout the town centre.

It is currently out to statutory consultation, giving local people and interested parties the opportunity to comment, support or object to the proposal.

Cllr Lunnon said: "If we drive at a maximum of 20mph we make our streets feel safer and if we are involved in a collision at 20mph then we are less likely to cause severe injury or death."

The council has produced a list of roads with reduced speed limits including sections of Folly Lane, Slad Road, Merrywalks and London Road.

Proposed roads are generally in urban areas with considerable pedestrian footfall due to schools, recreational amenities and shops.

Other roads include Parliament Street, Bisley Road, Beeches Green, Middle Street and Nelson Street.

For a full list and map see www.gloucestershire.gov.uk

The closing date for comment is Wednesday, January 29. Representations can be emailed to highways@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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10:10am Wed 22 Jan 14

BigBoy22 says...

Could you post a proper link to the consultation please? I've searched the Glos CC website and found their consultations but there's no sign of this one. Thanks
Could you post a proper link to the consultation please? I've searched the Glos CC website and found their consultations but there's no sign of this one. Thanks BigBoy22

11:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

DanBob says...

It's impossible to find from the GCC website - they don't make it easy do they!

I eventually found it by 'Googling' for it and even once I'd found it, it's not obvious how you would get to it from within the GCC site - it's not listed under roads but under something called 'Extra information about us' !

Anyway link is below - there are then 3 pdf files on the right with all the info in.
http://www.glouceste
rshire.gov.uk/extra/
article/115270/Strou
d-20mph-Speed-Limit-
Proposal
It's impossible to find from the GCC website - they don't make it easy do they! I eventually found it by 'Googling' for it and even once I'd found it, it's not obvious how you would get to it from within the GCC site - it's not listed under roads but under something called 'Extra information about us' ! Anyway link is below - there are then 3 pdf files on the right with all the info in. http://www.glouceste rshire.gov.uk/extra/ article/115270/Strou d-20mph-Speed-Limit- Proposal DanBob

1:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

BigBoy22 says...

Interesting link, thanks. So it's not a consultation at all but a draft proposal.

I'd support this proposal if it wasn't for the fact that I think it's a waste of time. I have never seen any 20 mph speed limit enforced and the vast majority of those who would respect it already drive at or near to those speeds already. There are still plenty of idiots driving down the existing stretch of 20 mph zone at high speeds and I don't see how having a few more signs will prevent that.
Interesting link, thanks. So it's not a consultation at all but a draft proposal. I'd support this proposal if it wasn't for the fact that I think it's a waste of time. I have never seen any 20 mph speed limit enforced and the vast majority of those who would respect it already drive at or near to those speeds already. There are still plenty of idiots driving down the existing stretch of 20 mph zone at high speeds and I don't see how having a few more signs will prevent that. BigBoy22

2:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Anon from Cainscross says...

From my many years experience driving in Stroud you would be lucky to do 20 MPH with the daft traffic schemes like the twin mini roundabout at merrywalks a fine example of mad planning all you need is one full size real! roundabout.
What idiot allow a bus station to be in the middle of a main road that now has 3 pedestrian crossings on it in the space of quarter of a mile! pot holes bigger than the speed bumps!
need I go on
From my many years experience driving in Stroud you would be lucky to do 20 MPH with the daft traffic schemes like the twin mini roundabout at merrywalks a fine example of mad planning all you need is one full size real! roundabout. What idiot allow a bus station to be in the middle of a main road that now has 3 pedestrian crossings on it in the space of quarter of a mile! pot holes bigger than the speed bumps! need I go on Anon from Cainscross

7:55pm Wed 22 Jan 14

A Stroud Worm says...

I live inside the proposed area of change. My view is....... great. Bring on the 20 mph.
I live inside the proposed area of change. My view is....... great. Bring on the 20 mph. A Stroud Worm

5:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

I think this type of scheme/proposal runs the very real risk of creating complacency in pedestrians; rather than being safer, potentially, it’s far more dangerous than idiot drivers.
I think this type of scheme/proposal runs the very real risk of creating complacency in pedestrians; rather than being safer, potentially, it’s far more dangerous than idiot drivers. dimreepr

10:51pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

You'd be lucky to even reach 20mph on most of those roads.
Just seems like more unnecessary paperwork for the council.
Besides, I can't recall any severe or fatal accidents on the mentioned roads?
You'd be lucky to even reach 20mph on most of those roads. Just seems like more unnecessary paperwork for the council. Besides, I can't recall any severe or fatal accidents on the mentioned roads? kjag23

8:55am Tue 28 Jan 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

It isn't about fatal incidents though, it is about the quality of life for everyone, for all users of the highway. It is very unpleasant to be on a narrow pavement with cars wizzing past you at 30, completely oblivious that there are other human beings inches away. Where 20mph limits have been introduced they have worked.
As Stroud Worm says, bring it on.
It isn't about fatal incidents though, it is about the quality of life for everyone, for all users of the highway. It is very unpleasant to be on a narrow pavement with cars wizzing past you at 30, completely oblivious that there are other human beings inches away. Where 20mph limits have been introduced they have worked. As Stroud Worm says, bring it on. TigerTigerBurningBright

8:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

A fear of traffic is necessary, that uncomfortable feeling as a vehicle passes reinforces the safety boundary. Imagine a person that gets far too used to cars passing at low speeds and then feels equally safe when this speed limit is not in operation and just steps into the road as they would in normal conditions; only to step in front of a vehicle doing 60; fatalities, in these circumstances would inevitably increase.
The problem that seems to be overlooked here is that our economy is extremely dependant on good communications and that won’t happen at these speeds.
A fear of traffic is necessary, that uncomfortable feeling as a vehicle passes reinforces the safety boundary. Imagine a person that gets far too used to cars passing at low speeds and then feels equally safe when this speed limit is not in operation and just steps into the road as they would in normal conditions; only to step in front of a vehicle doing 60; fatalities, in these circumstances would inevitably increase. The problem that seems to be overlooked here is that our economy is extremely dependant on good communications and that won’t happen at these speeds. dimreepr

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