Do you want Croydon to be a 20MPH borough?
18/09/2014 08:15:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
On Tuesday 16th September at the Streets and Environment Scrutiny Committee the new Labour Administration told those present how they wanted to spend £1.5million to make Croydon a 20 MPH zone. This was based on their view that this will reduce accidents, reduce obesity and allow more people to cycle. They also think that cutting the speed on roads won’t affect journey times!
The meeting was open to the public and a number of pro-cycling groups came and spoke in favour of the idea and pro-motoring organisations, acknowledged that in some roads you could only travel at 20MPH but others are safer at traditional speeds, as drivers are capable of self-regulation. I have to say I agree with this. Most people are considerate, sensible and aware of the hazards they might meet, but there will always be the ‘boy racers’ and those who just want to drive fast with no regard for anyone else, who will speed and drive badly, regardless of the speed limit. I am sure even people like me who have been driving for 30 years and never received a speeding fine, may struggle to do 20MPH on Farley Road, but that is what Labour wants.
The key to any scheme is enforcement and as the Chief Inspector at the meeting pointed out, the police do not have the capacity to enforce these low speeds, so I ask what is the point, you are going back to asking drivers to self-regulate, which is what the majority of us do anyway.
We will be consulted by the Council on this proposal, but if you live in Selsdon and Ballards and would like to let me know your views in advance of this, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org as this will let me know how residents feel about this proposal.