Cyclenation – safer streets campaign

*Don’t forget – Dynamo promotion evening at the Gregson (Monday 29th April – 7pm)*

 

We’ve received this request for a worthy cause:

From: Rod King <rod.k@20splentyforus.org.uk>
Date: 28 April 2013 09:00
Subject: [Cyclenation Forum] a week to Save Avoidable Road Deaths – Slower Speeds for Safer Streets

Breaking news!! Europe’s leaders can make 20mph the normal residential road speed. Click to sign and send this to everyone — let’s build a 20,000 strong voice to EU leaders now. This urgent petition needs your support in UN Global Road Safety Week

Thousands of people have died or been injured in avoidable collisions on residential streets. Road crash is the top cause of avoidable death for our 5-30 year olds.  We say “20’s Plenty where people live”.  The European Union could make lower residential speed limits normal and protect us from avoidable danger and suffering.  Road Safety Week spotlights this crisis, making it crucial to sign up now.

Everyone, whatever age or level of health, should be able to walk along their home street without fear.  Up to third of UK Councils are implementing 20mph limits, or seriously considering it.  But it’s a postcode lottery. April saw a cross party committee of MPs insist that 20mph limits for residential roads is essential to Get Britain Cycling.  Experts and European politicians are calling for immediate action. Speed is greed when it prevents the vulnerable from getting around. If we build a huge petition now, we can push the European Commission to put our health and environment first before the selfish drivers and road lobby and prevent rat running.

We know our voices count!  Over 11million people in the UK already live in places committed to 20mph limits without humps. We need 20,000 signatures in a week to persuade the EU to help us defend our rights to slower speeds where people live. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone –

Now the issue is coming to a boil. EU politicians are stepping up pressure on the European Commission to push new laws on slower speeds. We can offer them the public support they need against the powerful roads lobby. Sign this urgent petition to Europe’s leaders, then forward this email widely:

www.20mph4.eu
Our families and home streets are threatened by excessive driver speeds.  When the community comes together to defend our right to move around safely we will win. Come together to stand up for safer public spaces that we all want.

With hope,
Rod, Anna, Jeremy and the 20’s Plenty for Us team

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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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