Mum’s backing for 20mph zone
11:45am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Letters
AS a mother of two young boys I’m definitely in support of the proposal for a change to 20mph in Penarth.
A new conscript to the school-run with my three-year-old, I believe it would make an enormous difference to our walk across Penarth if the average speed of traffic was reduced. I find the vast majority of drivers extremely courteous, often giving way to us at junctions as buggy, scooter and distractable toddler cross the road. The speed with which traffic passes however makes the journey much more stressful than it needs to be and I feel, as pedestrians, we are at a disadvantage - our vulnerability is out of kilter with the improvements that have been made over recent decades to motor vehicles. The relative safety for those within cars, along with acceleration speeds and the number of cars on the road have all increased since the 30mph limit was introduced for residential streets in 1930. I’m one of a growing number who feel it’s time we moved with the times and introduced a more people-friendly speed limit in our town. One that makes it easier and safer for people of all ages, especially the young and the elderly, to get about the place.
It’s a small change that would make a big difference to our lives so that we can walk, cycle and cross the road to talk to one another. I believe 20 is plenty where people live, and if you agree or want to find out more you can join us in the Windsor Arms at 7pm on March 21. You can also a sign the petition online at www.penarth.20splentyforus.org.uk
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