Going 30kmh across Europe


“30 km/h (20mph) – Making Streets Liveable!“

The European Citizens´ Initiative                               

News Nr 1 8th February 2013:

The French ECI partner organisations launched an exciting press conference in Paris. They got a huge media response and almost 600 people signed online within one weekend: setting a record.
Congratulations to you!

You may have noticed that we´ve been struggling through problems with the EU commission´s software, meaning a long December waiting for these to be fixed. But we are now able to collect signatures in 15 languages. You can sign online on www.30kmh.eu and also download forms and print them out.The first regional contact points for physical signatures are already running well. A great big “Thanks” to all who are providing the facilities!

It took us some time to restart after all the fuss about the online collection software working only in one single language. Some people are still contacting us complaining about technical failures and that they cannot sign. But we have now surpassed the mark of 14 000 online signatures: Never before have so many people applied for a 30 km/h (20mph) speed limit in Europe!

And the numbers are still rising: indeed, they have been coming in even faster over the last few days.

To watch them in real time see http://30kmh.eu/statistics/ 

We have a good chance of achieving our mission: collecting at least 1 million signatures by 13th November 2013. Please help us! 

30 km/h (20 mph) limits improve safety and encourage smarter travel choices. They cut pollution andtraffic noise and lead to improved traffic flow and less congestion. People can move without fear.

In a nutshell: our communities become safer, more active, more beautiful.   

Please promote our initiative. Use your media to do so: facebook, twitter, email, newsletters, magazines…. You can visit us on www.30kmh.eu and on facebook www.facebook.com/30kmh.eu

You can also donate to help us continue our initiative which is completely funded by donations.

(Sent to me by e-mail; reposted to raise awareness)

Taxis in Bus Lanes Sample Letter


Please copy and paste. Personalise it with the story of your commute, and how contending with taxis would make it worse for you. Use They Work For You to find your MLAs. Enter your postcode to find your six MLAs, follow the link to write to them. Select all six. Paste the text into the e-mail. Enter your details, send and confirm.

I am writing to you in the hope that you could use your influence and at the last minute dissuade the Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy, from allowing taxis into bus lanes.

The decision to allow taxis into bus lanes will reverse the positive trend of cycling uptake achieved in recent years. The Minister’s decision flies in the face of best road design practise, disregards vulnerable road users’ health and safety and goes against DRD and DHSSPS’s stated aim at encouraging more people to take up active travel.

The 2011 census has revealed that in South and East Belfast the modal share of commuting cyclists now approaches 10%. This is despite the total lack of investment in cycling by the Department of Regional Development, and a paucity of support from the legislators at Stormont. Nearly 1 in 6 commuters in South and East Belfast use bike, bus or train. It is clear this is where the growth is happening and where investment needs to be targeted to sustain a positive and sustainable trend.

In contrast the share of people commuting by taxi has declined sharply in the period from 2001 to 2011.

The recent consultation got 71 responses, with only 7 in favour of the proposal. Of the 7, 3 were taxi companies with a vested interest. Those rejecting the proposal were dismissed as –it is reported- “a bunch of cyclists”. The impression gained by the public is that the consultation was a tick-box exercise, a “done-deal”, with the suspicion that money ended up in party coffers to help the Minister make the “right” decision.

Cyclists sharing with buses in bus lanes is not best practice, and across the EU municipalities are separating non-motorised traffic, pedestrians and motorised traffic. However, sharing with buses is better than sharing with buses and taxis. The average speed of a bus (at 9mph) and cyclist (at 12mph) are broadly similar. Bus drivers are professionals and mostly look out for other road users. Existing cyclists easily share with buses and potential cyclists, knowing there is relative safety in a bus lane, might take up cycling too.

However, whatever work was done painting lovely Advance Stop Lines and bicycle motifs on our roads will be undone by a deeply regressive step of opening up the bus lane to fast motorised traffic. The safety of other road users is at stake, in particular vulnerable road users. I would not like to be the first person to be scooped by a speeding taxi, get seriously injured or even killed.

I trust you will take this up with the Minister.

Thank you.