One of the greatest impediments to cycling and walking in our streets is speeding traffic. Not only is it dangerous, it feels dangerous. That danger is often reduced by people reducing their activities; the speeding traffic effectively inhibits the activities in which people engage. There is hope as 20mph speed limits are introduced in residential areas. However, there appears to be little or no enforcement of the limit other than parked cars impeding free traffic flow. There is now a procedure in place to report concerns, whether it will result in any action remains to be seen!
Lancashire County Council is enabling members of the public to report speeding concerns in 20mph areas via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org . Where concerns are raised Lancashire County Council will first carry out a speed survey to assess the facts regarding vehicle speeds. Where speeds are recorded in excess of 20mph, further action will then be triggered, including
- the deployment of Speed Indicator Devices, commonly known as Smiley Face Speed Signs, to reinforce positively driving at 20mph,
- engagement with local schools and
- working alongside the police to carry out Community Road Watch and School Road Watch activities.