The GO 20 coalition: why we're part of it

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake:
"Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it's a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places we can use and enjoy. Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit's still 30: you'll be helping to protect people around you, and you'll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We're also calling on the government and more local authorities to recognise the need for 20mph, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20."

Rod King, campaign director, 20's Plenty for Us:
"20's Plenty for Us are delighted to support the GO 20 campaign. 20mph speed limits are recognised as a key factor in enabling our roads to be equitably shared for all road users and throughout the UK local authorities are implementing 20mph as the default limit for their residential and urban roads. It's not only for safety but also to enable our places to be better places to be whether you drive, walk or cycle. If you would like to find out more about either our campaign or the local branch near you then take a look at www.20splentyforus.org.uk."

Tony Armstrong, chief executive, Living Streets:
"Evidence shows that when 20 mph is introduced on streets where we live, work and shop, pedestrian fatalities are significantly reduced, particularly amongst children. Introducing 20 mph is probably the single most effective measure to protect our children and transform our streets into people-centred places rather than corridors for traffic. Living Streets wholeheartedly supports the GO 20 campaign."

Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive, Sustrans:
"Everyone should have the same right to safety wherever they are in the UK, and changing the default speed limit to 20mph would save lives and reduce road casualties across the country. Slower speeds would help create better neighbourhoods in which to live, work, play and socialise, and safer streets will help get more people both young and old walking and cycling with confidence, improving public health and reducing the burden on the NHS."

Phillip Darnton, chief executive, Bicycle Association:
"We believe lowering the speed limit in built up areas to 20mph would be the single most effective way to increase safety, reduce fatal/serious accidents, and encourage more women to cycle."

Martin Gibbs, policy and legal affairs director, British Cycling:
"We know from experience both here and abroad that the most effective way of keeping people safe when they're cycling is lower speed limits. Introducing 20mph limits in all residential and shopping streets would be a tremendously powerful policy tool to get more people cycling more often and would make our cities, towns and villages better places to live."

Richard Bourn, traffic and planning campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport:
"20mph limits are an essential means of encouraging people to make many more journeys on foot and by bicycle and reducing the domination of our roads by traffic. Such speed limits have applied for years in the built areas of many other countries and the argument for them is steadily making ground here but it's not happening quickly enough. Nor is it enough to apply 20mph limits only around schools. They must be the norm for all residential roads and shopping districts."

Ralph Smyth, senior transport campaigner, Campaign to Protect Rural England:
"We're ever closer to a tipping point, where 20mph is seen in our cities, towns and villages as the norm rather than the exception. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) strongly endorses GO 20, a great example how people can change their behaviour and spur their local councils to action. Moving forwards, changing the default speed limit in built-up areas to 20mph would be the best single measure to cut crashes as well as clutter. We need to encourage healthy, active forms of travel as much as we need to ensure our streets are attractive and safe places to spend time in."

Kathy Evans, chief executive, Children England:
"Children England is delighted to support the GO 20 campaign. As a membership organisation and through our Safe Network programme, safeguarding is a central focus of our work. Children, particularly those from lower income areas, are disproportionately likely to be casualties of road incidents. Lowering the default speed limit in areas where children live and play would not only reduce this risk, but would also help to promote healthier lifestyles. This cheap, cost effective change has already been implemented successfully in parts of the country. It is time that all children, where ever they live, can enjoy the benefits."

Chris Peck, policy coordinator, CTC, the national cycling charity:
"Lower speed limits are described as the 'backbone' of the cycling network in the rest of Europe, where most residential and shopping streets are subject to 30km/h limits – equivalent to 20mph in the UK. It's time more of Britain's local authorities joined in the growing movement to make our streets more cycle friendly through lower speed limits."

Jennifer Keen, senior public affairs officer, Guide Dogs:
"The Go 20 coalition is a fantastic initiative and very welcome news for guide dog owners and other people with sight loss. With cars parked on pavements forcing people into the road and ever more quiet hybrid and electric cars on the street, blind and partially sighted people are becoming increasingly concerned about their safety on the roads. Lower speed limits help to mitigate these risks and mean that pedestrians with sight loss can get out and about more safely and with confidence."

Dom Weinberg, policy manager, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services:
"NCVYS supports GO 20 because we know the impact 20 mph limits can have on enabling young people to live healthy lifestyles. It will encourage young people to develop a lifetime habit of walking and cycling and create safer streets and better neighbourhoods for them to live, work, play and socialise in. "

Nicky Philpott, director of campaigns and policy, Ramblers:
"We welcome the GO 20 campaign and give it our full support. There is a real need for road safety policy to reflect that people on foot, bike, and horseback have as much right to use roads as people driving cars. This includes the need for greater awareness and understanding amongst motorists that walkers and other users have the right to lead active lifestyles without being endangered by traffic, whether in town or countryside. This campaign is an important step in the right direction to encourage the best policy for all road users."

Sara Dowling, campaigns and development manager, RoadPeace:
"RoadPeace is pleased to support the GO20 coalition. RoadPeace has been a longstanding supporter of 20mph limits; they were a key call in our 1997 parliamentary manifesto. And whilst road deaths have halved since then, with the government's commitment to active travel, there is an even greater need for 20mph limits now. A slower road is a safer road, not just for children and older people, but for all walkers, cyclists, motorcyclists and car occupants."

UK Health Forum:
"The UK Health Forum supports GO 20 because evidence shows that areas with lower vehicle speeds are associated with increased opportunities for walking and cycling. There are wide health benefits from physical activity, including protection against various risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as cardio vascular disease, diabetes, overweight and obesity. NHF recommends a reduction in the default speed limit for built-up areas to 20mph and would encourage all drivers to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops."