We support 20 mph speed limits where people live work & play in Wanstead & South Woodford

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Aim: To make South Woodford's and Wanstead’s streets safer and more pleasant for everyone and encourage more people to walk and cycle.

How? By asking Redbridge Council to introduce 20 mph speed limits in South Woodford and Wanstead (except on main arterial roads). It would not be unique as neighbouring boroughs have introduced wide-area 20mph speed limits and 44% of Londoners now live in 20mph zones and roads and streets with 20mph limits.

Why? Reducing traffic speeds to 20 mph is one of the most effective ways of making our roads safer for children, older people, disabled people, pedestrians and cyclists. If a car hits a person at 40 mph, they’re very likely to be killed. At 30 mph there is more than a 50% chance that they will be killed. At 20mph, they’re only likely to be injured. 20mph also encourages people to walk and cycle more; in Redbridge 39% of all Year 6 children are overweight or obese and lower speed limits can help encourage more children to be active.

How many incidents have there been in Wanstead and Woodford? There have been a total of 221 incidents in the past five years between 2013 and 2017. 4 have been fatal and 17 serious. 15 children have been involved as well as 28 cyclists and 46 pedestrians.  We looked at police data which is viewable at Crashmap.co.uk covering South Woodford and South Wanstead (including Aldersbrook, Lakehouse and Snaresbrook).  

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