Everyone – adults and children – should be able to walk and cycle in their communities, for their health and enjoyment, and as a sustainable way to get about, without being put in danger. It's a fundamental right. That's what GO 20 is all about: putting people's safety first, and empowering us all to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.
Drivers slowing down to 20mph or below in communities is critical in enabling this to happen. It helps protect people on foot and bike – especially the most vulnerable, like children, older and disabled people – because it gives drivers a better chance of stopping in time in an emergency. At 20mph, if a child runs out three car lengths ahead, you should just be able to stop in time. But at 30mph, you will hit the child at almost full speed, with a high chance of killing or injuring them.
What needs to be done?
Brake is part of a broad coalition of charities calling for 20mph limits to become the norm in our cities, towns and villages, making them safer, healthier, more sociable places. Ultimately, we want the government to change the national default urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.
In the meantime, we are calling on local authorities to GO 20 by implementing widespread 20mph limits in their own areas. The government has issued guidance to encourage this, and many places are already reaping the benefits – but many more are not. That's why we want the government to end the postcode lottery by changing the national default.
Drivers everywhere can help make our communities safer by pledging to GO 20 themselves, and slowing down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit is still 30mph.
What can I do?
- Share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ using the buttons at the top of the page
- Tweet your support: @Brakecharity, #GO20
- Make Brake's Pledge to GO 20 yourself, and encourage others to do so
- Write to your MP asking them to support the GO 20 campaign
- Sign up to our monthly bulletin for updates on our campaigns and how you can help
- Campaign for your community to GO 20 using advice from Brake and 20's Plenty for Us, and the free resources in Brake's GO 20 toolkit, including posters, adverts, factsheets and leaflets
- Fundraise to support Brake's campaigns and vital support work
- Sign up for the UK's flagship road safety event, Road Safety Week, in November
Find out what you can do to help our other campaigns.
'GO 20' interactive quiz launched to promote the benefits of 20mph limits, 30/11/2015
Government red tape puts brakes on 20mph limits, 29/09/2015
Brake urges strong leadership as people on foot and bike pay the price, 25/06/2015
I would walk 60,000 miles: 100,000 kids across the UK walk for road safety, 10/06/2015
AM wins road safety award as charity calls on Welsh Government to lead way on 20mph limits, 09/06/2015
Brake asks politicians and drivers to #SaveKidsLives as Global Road Safety Week begins, 01/05/2015
Campaign urges drivers to slow down as 3 in 5 parents report speeding around child's school, 18/03/2015
Safety concerns are barrier to delivering walking and cycling benefits, says charity, 10/02/2015
Zak the Zebra backs Aylesbury school road safety plea, 26/01/2015
Brake welcomes 20mph limits across Edinburgh, 08/01/2015
Charity calls for safer streets for families, as survey reveals walking and cycling worries, 26/09/2014
Make streets safer for cycling to build on Tour de France fever, says charity, 03/07/2014
Vision zero: Brake welcomes road deaths fall but urges action to protect most vulnerable, 26/06/2014
High profile local MP proves she's got the energy to win national road safety award, 17/06/2014
Kids want to get active: thousands march for safer streets, 11/06/2014
Zak the Zebra gallops into Romford to support schools' campaign for 20mph limits, 02/06/2014
Brake welcomes clarified guidance for driving examiners on speed in urban areas, 29/05/2014
Zak the Zebra gallops into Yaxham to support 20mph limits to keep kids safe, 09/05/2014
Eight in 10 back 20mph limits as charity takes campaign to parliament, 02/04/2014
High profile local MP wins national award for campaign for 20mph speed limits, 26/03/2014
Schools urged to march for safer roads to halt four children a day seriously hurt on foot, 28/01/2014
Trafford MP wins national road safety award for safer streets campaign, 03/01/2014
Brake welcomes 20mph enforcement guidance, 14/10/2013
Some drivers need a lesson in road safety as kids go back to school, 02/09/2013
Charity welcomes reduction in road deaths, but appeals for action to protect vulnerable, 27/06/2013
Kids march in their thousands calling for safer streets, 12/06/2013
Schools say let's 'GO 20' for safer streets for kids at start of UN Global Road Safety Week, 07/05/2013
MPs recommend 20mph becomes the norm in towns to encourage cycling – Brake reaction, 24/04/2013
Brake welcomes 'crossrail for cyclists' as London leads the way on safe cycling, 08/03/2013
Brake welcomes Welsh Assembly's move to encourage more 20mph limits, 06/02/2013
Brake welcomes new government guidance encouraging more 20mph limits, 21/01/2013
Brake welcomes push for more walking and cycling, but calls for action to reduce risk, 28/11/2012
Powerful GO 20 billboard adverts displayed across London, 22/11/2012
Brake launches GO 20 campaign in Road Safety Week alongside charity coalition, 19/11/2012
Brake applauds Liberal Democrat call for 20mph limits, 25/09/2012
Brake response to Welsh Assembly active travel consultation, 14/08/2012
Government consults on guidance on setting local speed limits - Brake response, 13/07/2012
Brake appeals to drivers to slow down for kids this half term, 30/05/2012
Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy CEO at Brake's International Congress on Speed, 17/05/2012
Bereaved family back Beep Beep! initiative for safer roads for kids, 18/04/2012
Nicky Morgan MP wins national road safety award for school transport campaign, 09/03/2012
MP wins national award for campaign for 20mph limits in memory of constituent, 21/09/2011
Bereaved family back campaign for safer roads for kids to mark anniversary of son's death, 14/09/2011
Ed Miliband backs campaign for slowing down to 20mph, 09/09/2011
Scientists reveal traffic at 30mph is too fast for children's visual abilities, 23/11/2010
Kids say slow down in Road Safety Week 2010, 22/11/2010
Speech to Speed Congress 2010 by Mary Williams OBE, Brake CE, 13/05/2010
Brake response to Department for Transport proposals to encourage more 20mph limits, 05/02/2010
Effect of 20mph zones on injuries in London - article published in British Medical Journal, 14/09/2009
Government publishes guidance for local authorities on setting speed limits, 08/08/2006