Call for 20mph speed limit in Glasgow

Petition created to pressure Glasgow City Council into creating 'safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorist'

Commonwealth Games, Montrose Street in Glasgow
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Glasgow residents are being urged to sign a petition to lobby the council to restrict much of the city’s roads to a speed limit of 20mph.

Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh is making 80 per cent of the roads in the city 20mph with the scheme starting in late 2015 and being completed by the end of the financial year of 2017/18.

Campaigners in Scotland’s most populous city want Glasgow City Council to follow Edinburgh’s lead and approve plans to make Glasgow the country’s second 20mph city.

The local authority had said last week that it needed Scottish Government approval to implement the rollout of 20mph limits without traffic calming measures but it has since rectified its stance, saying that it is committed to introducing the speed limit in areas across the city.

Go Bike has set up a petition that is running until March 17 on the council’s website (only those with a Glasgow postcode can sign) which is calling on the implementation of the speed limits.

It reads: “These lower speeds encourage more considerate driving, leading to safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

“Edinburgh citizens can look forward to calmer roads where walking and cycling become considerably more attractive options. Overall there will be less traffic congestion, better health, less noise, more social interaction and stronger communities.

“In the event of accidents, the lowered speed will significantly reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury. Glasgow could reap similar benefits by following Edinburgh’s lead and plan for a similar city-wide reduction in speed limits.”

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.