The Green end of the Bristol blogosphere’s been getting rather excited about 20mph zones for the majority of residential streets in Bristol. Not everyone’s convinced …
A guest post by 2nd Anonymous
20 MPH zones haven’t made any difference for the past 10 years in my street in east Bristol. Why would I lie ? I’m not making that up.
I’d say that 10 years is long enough for a scientific study, but apparently, some of you think you know better. Wussy comments like “20 mph is backed by facts” are hardly going to convince me are they now, when I’ve conducted a 10 year (that’s ten years, not 10 minutes on Google) study, or rather, had a 10 year experiment conducted right under my nose.
So, I’ve been hallucinating the traffic travelling at 35-55 mph have I? The video evidence which I took some 5 years ago, when I still thought that was a worthwhile use of time has been speeded up has it? Don’t make me go scrummaging around to find the tape and put it on YouTube. Just take my word for it, pretty please with chocolate balls on top.
Maybe in the leafy suburbs of Southville, everyone’s uber nice and co-operative and law abiding and respectful and maybe some ridiculously flawed study at the institute of pulling-the-wool-over-our-eyes in some make believe city came to the erroneous conclusion that 20 mph zones work (on the day that they happened to be looking that way and not picking crumbs from their beards) but it hasn’t worked in my street. Can you get that?
Do you want me to wheel my daughter on to tell you how long we have to wait by the side of the road in the morning rush hour to cross? Of how we’ve had to dash across sometimes, nearly getting run over, often beeped at by motorists, the kindest of whom couldn’t slow down to even 25 mph if they wanted to, because some git is doing 40 mph up their rear?
Can I stop now? Or is some clever canute going to tell me I’m still wrong and that 20 mph zones work?
Well, I sincerely hope yours do, but, as I think I might have established by now IT DOESN’T WORK IN MY STREET.