Suggesting speed limits have no effect is daft.
By the same token, 20mph limits replacing 30mph limits will mean a number of drivers taking notice and observing the limits.
How is that bad?
Statistically it appears to have a beneficial effect.
I'm not suggesting speed limits have no effect, I'm suggesting that reducing them is not an effective solution (to the problem in relation to cycling and per OP spending £94m) not least as the type of motorist that respects them is probably the motorist that gives cyclists enough room, doesn't ride them into the kerb to overtake when there isn't room etc, the impatient motorist with a lack of regard or consideration is the issue.
The RoSPA site refers to the fatalities and injuries but the emphasis seems to be to reduce pedestrian statistics with cyclists getting an "also" mention, the policy quoted refers to 20 mph zone that are designed to reduce drivers speed by physical measures, having lived on a 20mph road with speed bumps for over 10 years I can say that when Camden Council increased the measures and zones that the effect I observed was a deterioration in the areas already a 20mph zone.
My worry in all of this, is that money / resource will be thrown at this with the solution being more cycle facilities - which some will laud as the 3rd coming... but all the same will completely miss the point, and embolden the attitude of those drivers who are seemingly completely intolerant of cyclists on the road. The more and more cycle paths and facilities there are, the more the idiots with the "no road tax" mantra will feel even more empowered to have that belief that cyclists have no damned placed on the road, getting in their
The issue will remain, though, segregation will never be comprehensive or universal, so there will always be points where motorists and cyclists have to share the roads, but the more cyclists are maginalised, and assumed that they have separate facilities, the more we encourage that mindset.
If the issue regarding driver attitude towards cyclists, that's becoming more and more prevalent, is not addressed and arrested, cycling on the road is heading more and more towards Spike Bike.
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