The South Belfast Green Party recently called for the introduction of a twenty miles per hour speed limit to be applied to all residential streets in the local area.
Green Party South Belfast spokesperson Adam McGibbon voiced his opinion on the matter, stating that, “I share concerns with the Ulidia Resident’s Association that more accidents are inevitable along busy side streets off the Ormeau Road if traffic speed is not reduced to twenty miles per hour. The ‘Twenty is Plenty’ campaign will not only help reduce road traffic accidents but will also reduce risk of serious injury.”
The Transport Research Laboratory has found that 20 miles per hour speed limits can decrease child pedestrian accidents by up to 70 percent. A pedestrian hit at 20 miles per hour has a 95 percent chance of survival compared to 50 percent at 30 miles per hour.
Mr. McGibbon also pointed out that, “As twenty miles per hour speed limits are already in operation across towns and cities in other parts of the UK such as Portsmouth, Norwich and Newcastle, there’s no reason why Belfast City Council can’t explore a twenty miles per hour speed limit here too.”