A new 20 MPH study project will examine the impact of 20mph speed limits on safety and public health. Rates of traffic accidents and injuries before and after the change will be measured to look at whether road safety has been enhanced. Any change in transport use will also be scrutinised by examining the take-up of cycling and walking. Residents will also be asked their opinions of the move.
The research team, led by the University of Edinburgh and SCPHRP, hopes the project will inform other cities planning to introduce lower speed limits. It is the largest of its kind in the UK and will run until 2020. SCPHRP’s Ruth Jepson said: “We are excited to launch this major project, which we hope will provide very important insights into the public health effects of such initiatives.
The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and involves partnership with other UK universities, NHS Health Scotland, and the charity Sustrans.
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The SCPHRP and Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) project team embarked on a four-day survey in August this year. The aim of the survey was to capture the public perception of the planned implementation of 20mph speed limits in zones 4 and 5 by the City of Edinburgh Council. The survey questions ranged from general knowledge on the 20mph programme to drivers’ attitudes towards the proposed 20mph speed limit. As a follow-up, this project seeks to measure public perception after implementation of the speed limit. The results from the survey will be analysed (together with supplementary data from other sources) to accurately portray the impact of the 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh.
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