Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston, September 2008

sept08Gisela Stuart MP launched a Twenty’s Plenty campaign this month, which aims to tackle speeding traffic in the streets around schools in Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton.

After talking to parents, pupils and teachers in her constituency, Gisela launched the campaign to urge Birmingham City Council to introduce a mandatory 20mph speed limit around schools and to appoint more crossing wardens so that children have a safe spot to cross the road on their way to and from school.

With the cooperation of headteachers, Gisela has issued surveys to parents asking whether they would support the introduction of a zone in the area around their child’s school and what other road safety measures they would like to see.

Gisela says: “This is an urban community with extremely busy roads and making the school run safer for children is a major priority. I know that many constituents are keen to see more crossing wardens, especially on some of our busier roads. We will be using the findings of the survey to help put the case for action to the City Council”.

Brake will keep you up-to-date with the progress of this campaign which links in with Brake’s Watch Out, There’s a Kid About! campaign.

Earlier this year, Gisela also supported a resident-led campaign to improve road safety on Monument Road, a local traffic blackspot. The current crossing, located close to the junction with Plough and Harrow Road, was deemed unsafe by many residents and a cause of traffic congestion along this extremely busy road.

Gisela lobbied the Council’s Highways Department for action and the Council has now agreed to upgrade the zebra crossing on Monument Road, Edgbaston, into a pelican crossing. Work on the road will begin at the end of this year.

Gisela says: “Pelican crossings are far safer and it will enable residents and shoppers to cross this busy road far more easily.”

If you know of a dangerous road in your area, call Brake’s Zak the zebra hotline on 08000 68 77 80 or report the road online, and Brake could help you campaign for road safety improvements.