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    The council's ruling Labour group says widespread 20 mph limits will make the streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists

    There's far better uses of the money though to get the same outcome.

    For example, Stirling Road at Clifton Moor could have had the pavements moved back a bit onto what is current grassed areas which only get used for people letting their dogs poop there; then with the paement another 1m-1.5m further from the road, the original pavement could have then been turned into cycle route - or even had the paving itself removed and the bike lane put at road level but physically seperated from the road by raised kerbs... such as the city of Manchester has done along certain busy roads. Instead the council just painted on non-compliant cycle lanes on the road and made the pavement wider at the roundabout exits which now means every vehicle that comes off the roundabout swipes into the cycle lane (which will one day have catastrophic results). So the council did that and yet they say they're making things "safer for cyclists"... or what about the Minster Plazza? again, non-compliant design (not DDA compliant due to lack of tactile paving, plus pedestrian traffic levels are too high for such a mixed use design) which throwns pedestrians straight into the path of cyclists - meaning it's not really 'safer' for either group of people.

    I'd rather see 20mph limits focused on ONLY where a reduced speed is needed (schools, playing fields, shop precints etc). But instead this council seems to just bumble along with random ideas as and when they get them, without actually thining if the idea is a good one and/or whether it flies in the face of other policies they have."
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More York streets to get 20mph limits

More York streets to get 20mph limits

More York streets to get 20mph limits

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

STREETS in the east of York will join the city-wide 20 mph speed limit as the programme is rolled out in coming weeks.

City of York Council has announced that residents in the east of the city will be the next to get leaflets telling them about the upcoming change in their areas.

The policy started in the west of the city before being rolled out in the north this April. The council's ruling Labour group says widespread 20 mph limits will make the streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

It was included in the 2011 Labour manifesto for York but has faced criticism since its inception and last year it was revealed that only seven residents out of 13,000 surveyed in a public consultation had voiced support for the policy.

Cllr David Levene, cabinet member for transport, said: "Introducing these speed limits aims to create an environment where traffic is travelling under 20mph, alongside and complementing our existing programme of targeted accident reduction measures.

"This will help improve the local environment of neighbourhoods for residents: replacing the mish-mash we have at the moment with a consistent, clearly understandable approach to promote more considerate driving."

And although North Yorkshire Police have spoken in favour of lower speed limits in residents streets, the scheme has been branded costly and ineffective by Labour's political opponents.

Both Conservative leader Chris Steward and Liberal Democrat leader Keith Aspden say they support 20 mphs limits in some areas but condemned the blanket approach being taken in York.

Cllr Steward said: "Although we continue to support 20mph schemes where residents back them, this continues not to be the case in York where the blanket approach does not enjoy popular support and is merely a vast unnecessary cost when the money could be better spent elsewhere.

"Unfortunately one of the real problems of the blanket zones is they also lessen the impact where the restrictions are most needed – including at schools"

Cllr Aspden added: "The council’s proposals would see 20mph limits on the vast majority of local roads, even narrow cul-de-sacs where cars would struggle to reach 20mph.

“I am not convinced it is an effective use of resources and residents will be concerned about signs being put everywhere, including in Fulford’s conservation area.”

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