'Make the whole of Lewisham a 20mph zone'

Jane Davis from Lewisham Cyclists, Clare Griffiths, her daughter Claudia, 5, and Cllr Johnson

Jane Davis from Lewisham Cyclists, Clare Griffiths, her daughter Claudia, 5, and Cllr Johnson

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Hundreds of Lewisham people have urged whoever becomes the next Mayor of Lewisham to make the whole borough a 20mph zone.

A petition containing 170 signatures has now been handed in to Catford town hall calling for the borough to follow the examples set by others in the capital and introduce the speed limit on all its roads.

Clare Griffiths, of Broadfield Road, Catford, set up the petition after the Green Party's Councillor Darren Johnson failed in a bid to introduce the measure last year.

The 39-year-old researcher said: "I urge Lewisham Council to reconsider their decision not to go for a borough-wide 20mph zone. Nine other London boroughs have committed to 20mph across all their streets already and the more that do, the safer and more pleasant our roads will be for everyone. Lewisham residents deserve better."

Cllr Johnson said his appeal for the measure to be implemented had now been turned down twice at council meetings, although Lewisham Labour have now pledged in their manifesto to introduce it after the local elections if they regain power.

He said: "Whoever gets in power needs to make 20mph a clear priority for all Lewisham’s roads where people live, shop and work. It’s safer for cyclists, safer for pedestrians and creates a more people-friendly borough for everyone."

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9:41pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Marty1979 says...

Will cyclists stick to a 20mph limit?
Will cyclists stick to a 20mph limit? Marty1979
  • Score: -2

10:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

j.j. says...

It amazes me why people think this would make a difference. A large number of drivers drive as fast as possible and speed limits don't have any impact on them. This is a fact confirmed by DfT's own research. 20 mph signs alone result in an average drop of 1 mph in the speed of travel. It would be much better to make as many residential roads non- through roads, except for cyclists.
It amazes me why people think this would make a difference. A large number of drivers drive as fast as possible and speed limits don't have any impact on them. This is a fact confirmed by DfT's own research. 20 mph signs alone result in an average drop of 1 mph in the speed of travel. It would be much better to make as many residential roads non- through roads, except for cyclists. j.j.
  • Score: 5

10:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

I know a particulare culture in lewisham wont be happy with that.
I know a particulare culture in lewisham wont be happy with that. white rabbit9
  • Score: 7

11:02am Thu 24 Apr 14

ksc says...

How many people are killed by cars on the pavement, teach the pedestrian to cross a road by looking first and the fatality rate would plummet, if children are too young to take that kind of responsibility then don't let them out until they can, or we can just keep on blaming the evil old car driver for all that is ailing the world and allow the pedestrian to shoulder no blame at all. The secret to a long happy life is...if you see a car coming, DON'T cross until it has passed you, simple but effective.
How many people are killed by cars on the pavement, teach the pedestrian to cross a road by looking first and the fatality rate would plummet, if children are too young to take that kind of responsibility then don't let them out until they can, or we can just keep on blaming the evil old car driver for all that is ailing the world and allow the pedestrian to shoulder no blame at all. The secret to a long happy life is...if you see a car coming, DON'T cross until it has passed you, simple but effective. ksc
  • Score: -4

5:26pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Petra9 says...

One hundred and seventy people - a whole borough doth not make!
Ludicrous suggestion! The poll on here sits at 62% - NO.
One hundred and seventy people - a whole borough doth not make! Ludicrous suggestion! The poll on here sits at 62% - NO. Petra9
  • Score: 5

11:56pm Thu 24 Apr 14

j.j. says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
I know a particulare culture in lewisham wont be happy with that.
BMW drivers perhaps? like the one who wrappped his wheels around a lamp post on Burned Ash Lane last night. A 20mph limit would not have made much difference.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: I know a particulare culture in lewisham wont be happy with that.[/p][/quote]BMW drivers perhaps? like the one who wrappped his wheels around a lamp post on Burned Ash Lane last night. A 20mph limit would not have made much difference. j.j.
  • Score: 14

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