Consultation on 20mph speed limits16/11/15
A CITY-WIDE consultation on the possible introduction of 20mph speed limit zones in residential areas of Dundee could be launched as soon as next week.
The planned consultation excludes the city’s principal road network where it would not be feasible to impose the lower limit.
Will Dawson convener of Dundee City council’s city development committee said: “The number of road accidents in the city is at an all time low but one injury is one too many, so we are pleased to bring forward this consultation that will involve communities in taking decisions about their own area.
“Evidence from around the country shows that bringing in 20mpgh zones can have benefits for the community, including encouraging walking and cycling and I think it is vital that we investigate any measure that can help us with that and reduce accidents and injuries.”
The council has already backed 20 mph speed limits in new residential developments such as Western Gateway, Lothian Crescent and the new schools on Harestane Road.
A report to the city development committee, which meets on Monday (November 23), notes that while there are many roads in the city where a 20mph limit may be acceptable and appropriate, there are other more strategic roads where it is not.
The road network serves residents and visitors who need to make longer distance journeys through and around the city and facilitates movement to/from key areas so that people can get to services such as employment, healthcare, leisure and retail.
Residents will be able to take part in the proposed consultation via the Dundee City Council website where a questionnaire will gather information.
Interested parties will also be able to go on the site and look in detail at the roads network in their neighbourhood.
A number of key strategic roads which are likely to be the focus of debate for and against introducing a 20mph limit are identified on the site, including Johnston Avenue, Perth Road, Tullideph Road and Elmwood Road.
The consultation will run until the end of January 2016 and a detailed report will be brought back to the city development committee later in the year.