CYCLISTS are urging council bosses to introduce 20 miles per hour speed limits on residential roads across Chester.
More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to lower speed limits in residential areas across the borough.
Chester Cycling Campaign backs the speed reduction and believes the change would make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians both young and old.
CWaC launched the new Chester Transport Strategy on September 6 and councillors are now being challenged to ‘be bold’ and include the introduction of 20 mph limits in the strategy.
Simon Brown, spokesman for Chester Cycling Campaign, said: “While the UK has one of the safest records for serious injuries or deaths of motorists in the world, it has one of the worst records for pedestrian and cyclist injuries in Western Europe, particularly for children and older people.
“A major factor is too great a speed of motor vehicles where people live.
“With Chester’s transport strategy just being launched, the time for Chester’s councillors to be bold is now. There is already demonstrated support for a default 20 mph limit in residential areas in the city.”
Mr Brown spoke on behalf of the campaign in a meeting at the council headquarters on September 5 where the agenda included an item on community participation in the setting of speed limits.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said the council had to engage ‘hearts and minds’ when reviewing speed limits.
Mr Brown said: “Chester Cycling Campaign would maintain that ‘hearts and minds’ of Chester residents have been demonstrated by local people given the magnificent response achieved by the petition which – according to the residents behind it – was in their experience one of the easiest petitions to gather support for.
“The campaign would also maintain that ‘hearts and minds’ of motorists passing through Chester’s neighbourhoods are not with local residents.
“Witness the fact the Hoole Road speed camera has been featured as one of England’s highest earning speed controls.
“Remember, this is a camera placed as a result of the high incidence of accidents to pedestrians and cyclists on this busy arterial road along which people live and cross.”
Chester Cycling Campaign want the 20 mph limit introduced on all residential roads excluding designated A or B roads and a limited number of link routes where existing speed limits would apply.
He said: “How about it councillors? Let Chester lead the way in the borough.”