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Blanket 20mph

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:30

From Antony Porter, London:
The Association of Directors of Public Health, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) all call for 20mph speed limits where there is a traffic mixture of drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians. 
Children, the elderly and the disabled all gain from road danger reduction. Public health have a duty of care to look after the well-being of all and thus 20mph is a win/win at all levels. 
I am therefore advocating the IW should have a blanket 20mph in all areas where there is such a traffic mixture. 
Many people continue to perceive the IW as a place of rest and relaxation accompanied by pleasant views of the sea and countryside. Consequently, it attracts innumerable visitors and some chose to spend their retirement here.
The reality, however, is traffic-infested roads that are difficult to cross as well as roads where there are 40mph and even 50mph speed limits, thereby rendering them as no-go areas for cyclists and pedestrians, the most vulnerable of road users.
There is a growing problem of teenage motorcyclists who speed around and dangerously overtake, putting themselves and others at risk of death and injury.
However, many drivers are elderly and they too can pose problems for other road users through developing short-sightedness or deafness as well as medical conditions such as dementia, epilepsy and fainting spells.

 


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