Monday, December 10, 2012

30km/hour: The Standard

30 km/h (20 mph) limits are an inexpensive and popular way to improve safety, cut pollution and encourage smarter travel choices. They lead to improved traffic flow and less congestion. People can move without fear. "30kmh – making streets liveable!" want to achieve these benefits for the whole of the European Union and 30 km/h shall become the standard speed limits for villages, towns and cities with local authorities being able to decide on exemptions. "30kmh – making streets liveable!" is organising a “European Citizen´s Initiative” - a fascinating, brand-new policy instrument in the European Union. That includes a huge effort as they must collect more than 1 million signatures within one year from at least 7 different member states of the EU. The EU Commission has officially accepted our European Citizens´ Initiative “30km/h – making the streets liveable!”. The decision was made after a two-month legal check. This success means that gathering statements fo support for a 30 km/h urban speed limit throughout the whole of the European Union can begin. People can already sign the initiative. Velo Mondial is happy to support this initiative for reasons of urban safety.

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