Highams Park - Safer Streets

, 09 October 2015, Tags:

Local Green members are part of a campaign to support Waltham Forest Council's introduction of a 20mph speed limit in Highams Park and surrounding areas. This is in reaction to some local opposition to speed calming measures. The Safer Streets campaign says:

  1. Since 2010 there have been 234 traffic accidents in the Hale End and Highams Park Ward. Between 2010 and 2014 the number of accidents in the Ward increased by 36 per cent
  2. A person is five times more likely to be killed by a car travelling at 30 mph than 20 mph.
  3. Drivers can benefit too with fuel use, CO2 emissions and costs up to 12 per cent lower when driving at 20 mph instead of 30 mph. 
  4. Signs and traffic calming measures together are four times more effective than simply relying on signs alone. 
  5. The council is NOT proposing road closures, pedestrianisation or one-way traffic. It’s simply trying to make our streets safer. Don’t be misled by people trying to tell you otherwise.

Green Party member Gemma is part of the campaign: "I'm really keen to see local traffic calming and especially a 20 mph zone: the safety aspects speak for themselves and it lessens the environmental impact of driving. Many parents like myself would like to see safer, less polluted roads in the area we live. It's one small step towards a better environment for us all.

More information on the campaign blog here:   https://saferstreetsforhighamspark.wordpress.com

Forms can be obtained by emailing welovehighamspark@gmail.com, or by writing to Traffic Team LB Waltham Forest, Low Hall, Argall Avenue, E10 7AS. 

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