Cyclists back Liverpool 20mph campaign

Cyclists from across Liverpool came together for a 16-mile ride campaigning for 20mph speed limits to be imposed on the city’s streets.

The ‘Cycle for 20’ ride saw the cyclists travel between Garston to the Pier Head and back again as part of the city’s road safety campaign: ‘the 20 effect’.

According to the Liverpool Echo, ‘the 20 effect’ has been reducing speeds on some of the city’s streets from 30 to 20mph, with the plan to have 70 per cent of the streets covered by the end of 2015.

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Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for transport, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy told the Echo: “Cyclists make up a significant part of all road users in Liverpool. Not only is it a great form of exercise but also it is a more sustainable alternative to taking the car, particularly for shorter journeys.

“In order to further encourage cycling, it is vital that riders feel safe when using the roads.

“By reducing the speed limit on residential streets, we are making the environment safer for all road users.”

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Liverpool has been targeted, along with a number of other cities, by a Department for Transport publicity campaign to make cycling safer. In a similar scheme in London, TfL hope to reduce road injuries by 40 per cent by lowering speed limits in the city.