Be a two-zero hero
Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has joined forces with Sustrans; adding vital support to her local campaign for more 20 mph zones outside schools and in dense residential areas both across Denbighshire and Wales more widely.
Sustrans have collected over 10,000 signatories of support for the ‘Free Range Kids’ pledge, which calls for the introduction of more 20mph speed limits in dense residential areas and around schools because of the proven casualty reduction benefits.
As part of the grass-roots campaign a competition was ran – ‘Be a two-zero hero’ – aimed at children between the ages of 7-11 years. The competition invited children to be creative and design a postcard showing why 20mph speed limits are important to them. Some 2,500 entered were received.
Only last week Denbighshire County Council revealed that they will “consider the potential for 20 mph zones in combination with traffic calming when developing future road safety schemes.”
Mohammed Mehmet, the Chief Executive of Denbighshire County Council, made the commitment in recent correspondence to Mrs Jones.
Ann Jones said:
“I’m delighted to be joining forces with Sustrans Cymru and school children from right across the Vale of Clwyd. The creative postcards they’ve designed really show how much younger people value safety around schools giving them freedom from fear.
“We all know that if you reduce speed, you also reduce casualty rates. It’s why I’ve campaigned for more traffic calming measures and additional 20mph zones outside of schools.
“Constituents have been really pleased with the results they’ve seen outside of the schools currently operating under this system, I want to make sure that others get the same protection.
“I’m delighted that Denbighshire County Council have responded to concerns from local residents and left the door open for more zones to be implemented in the future.”
Sustrans Cymru’s Deputy Director, Jane Lorimer said:
“It’s excellent that Ann has shown such great leadership on this issue at a local level. By introducing ‘Go 20’ schemes there are clear benefits to the wider community.
“These benefits include nicer and healthier places, for communities to enjoy, leading to fewer road causalities and more people choosing to walk and cycle for their local journeys.”