Croydon Council to pilot 20mph zones near schools

Croydon Guardian: Croydon Council is to implement 20mph near six schools Croydon Council is to implement 20mph near six schools

Roads running by six schools are to be made 20mph zones as part of a council pilot scheme.

The trial will see speed restrictions around five primary schools and one secondary at busy times of day.

The £200,000 project, which follows advice from the Department for Transport, is intended to make pupils safer and encourage them to walk or cycle to school.

The speed limits will advertised by signs and will be funded by Transport for London, subject to approval by the council cabinet on Monday.

Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said: "Road safety is an important issue and this new money gives us the opportunity to invest in long-term measures that will reduce the risk of accidents outside schools.

"Most drivers are aware of how the chances of serious injuries to children are significantly reduced by cutting speed. However it’s not always obvious when a school might be nearby so these zones will act as a reminder to slow down and take more care."

The schools and roads where speed restrictions will be in place are:

  • Ark Oval Primary Academy - Cherry Orchard Road, Addiscombe
  • Chipstead Valley Primary - Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
  • Harris Academy Purley - Pampisford Road, South Croydon
  • Monks Orchard Primary - The Glade, Addiscombe
  • Regina Coeli Primary - Pampisford Road, South Croydon
  • St Thomas Becket Primary - Birchanger Road, Woodside
  • Wolsey Junior - King Henry’s Drive, New Addington
 

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1:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Austen - Croydon Cyclists says...

We don't need a 'pilot scheme' for 20mph zones in Croydon.

We do need the council to prioritise people's safety over vehicle speed and for it to catch up with other London boroughs that have already made 20mph the speed limit on all roads under their control, e.g. Islington and (soon) Camden.

Croydon's piecemeal approach simply means that pedestrians and cyclists - young and old - will be killed or injured on the other roads excluded from this plan.
We don't need a 'pilot scheme' for 20mph zones in Croydon. We do need the council to prioritise people's safety over vehicle speed and for it to catch up with other London boroughs that have already made 20mph the speed limit on all roads under their control, e.g. Islington and (soon) Camden. Croydon's piecemeal approach simply means that pedestrians and cyclists - young and old - will be killed or injured on the other roads excluded from this plan. Austen - Croydon Cyclists
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7:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

motomoto says...

Instead of wasting 200k on a 20 mph pilot scheme, which let's face it, if this plan does get the go ahead 90% of drivers will not take any notice of the 20 mph restriction and drive at 30 mph any way......this is the reality of the situation, I think it would be much more cost effective if schools were to take 10 to 15 minutes twice a week during school assembly to show the old "green cross code" adverts that were on the tv in the 1970's.......I have just checked you tube, these video's are present and there must be a way of up loading them and showing them on a large projector style sceen with the teachers highlighting the importance of road safety and the correct procedure of keeping yourself safe whilst crossing the road.
By showing these video's I believe that many children would rather "stop....look......a
nd listen" by the kerb side before crossing the road rather than get potentially struck by a passing vehicle.......this surely has to be the better and more cost effective option than wasting 200k on something which will not work and would most probably be un enforceable any way.......and on a lasting note people can prioritise their own safety when crossing the roads simply by concentrating when crossing roads.....e.g. stop staring at your mobile phones or ipod's when crossing the road !
Instead of wasting 200k on a 20 mph pilot scheme, which let's face it, if this plan does get the go ahead 90% of drivers will not take any notice of the 20 mph restriction and drive at 30 mph any way......this is the reality of the situation, I think it would be much more cost effective if schools were to take 10 to 15 minutes twice a week during school assembly to show the old "green cross code" adverts that were on the tv in the 1970's.......I have just checked you tube, these video's are present and there must be a way of up loading them and showing them on a large projector style sceen with the teachers highlighting the importance of road safety and the correct procedure of keeping yourself safe whilst crossing the road. By showing these video's I believe that many children would rather "stop....look......a nd listen" by the kerb side before crossing the road rather than get potentially struck by a passing vehicle.......this surely has to be the better and more cost effective option than wasting 200k on something which will not work and would most probably be un enforceable any way.......and on a lasting note people can prioritise their own safety when crossing the roads simply by concentrating when crossing roads.....e.g. stop staring at your mobile phones or ipod's when crossing the road ! motomoto
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