• Every Death on Every Road in Great Britian 1999-2010

    The BBC News have released data on there website entitled "Every Death on Every Road in Great Britian 1999-2010" which contains information regarding every road casualty in Britian from 1999-2010.

    An interactive map displays all the road related deaths involving cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists. You can also use this map to view deaths on specific local roads. In Sunderland there were 85 recorded road fatalities between 1999-2010. The information was gathered using official data recorded by police in Great Britian between 1999 and 2010.

    The BBC website determines that a total of 3,226, 584 road casualities occurred between 1999-2010 of which 36, 371 individuals were killed, 373, 985 were seriously injured and 2, 856, 498 slightly injured.

    The website also has data on the economic cost of road fatalities and individual information regarding the dangers associated with each sub-set of road user. However please note that some data is in realtion to motorways and roads were a 20mph limited would not be prohibited.

    To view this data please visit the following address; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975564

    Thank you to a 20s Plenty for Us member for bringing this to our attention!

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  • Sunderland Children Protest March for Road Safety!

    Published on: Monday 28 November 2011 10:03

    Children from Richard Avenue Primary School in Sunderland staged a protest against drivers who drive dangerously outside the school gates.

    "The children, along with their teachers, fear that unless road safety outside the school is improved, it is only a matter of time before a child is injured or killed."

    They are also protesting for the speed limit outside there school to be reduced to 20mph!

    I hope that 20s Plenty for Sunderland will be able to help them succeed in making this happen as well as raise awareness about the campaigns aims for mandatory, default 20mph speed limits in residential areas.

    We also hope that this will raise awareness in other communities and gain the support of schools throughout Sunderland.

    We also want to introduce the importance of "20mph zones" rather than individual speed limits but we understand that every small victory will help the campaign to flourish throughout Sunderland.

    Its great to see children fighting for something they believe in and i hope we can ignite that passion further!

    We are currently in contact with Richard Avenue Primary School and hopefully we will be able to collaborate in the near future.

    Visit; http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/education/sunderland_kids_protest_march_1_4010343 to view full article.

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  • An Article Entitled: Cars Have Evolved to Go Faster – But Humans Haven't!

    I came across an interesting article when browsing the New Scientist website written by Frank McKenna a psychologist at the University of Reading, UK, and director of Perception and Performance, which provides consultancy on road safety to companies and government departments.

    The article looks prodominantly at the effect of increasing speeds on British Motorways and the continuing evolution of the modern car. It also mentions the effects that increasing car performance and speed limits has on modern society and the benefits/implications it has on individuals and society. For Example;

    "There is no doubt that over the past 30 years vehicles have evolved to go faster with consummate ease. Before taking full advantage of this we might consider whether we, the drivers, have evolved much over the same period."

    The article also has an interesting section on the transfer of energy entitiled "Velocity Blindness" which you can read if you have some understanding of the general principles of physics.... of which i am sadly lacking :)

    The most interesting point made for the 20s Plenty Campaign for Sunderland is as follows;

    "Survivability refers to the body's capacity to tolerate the energy transfer in accidents. Evidence shows that on access roads, where crashes involving pedestrians are likely, a 20mph (30kph) limit is appropriate."

    There are also some ineresting comments made from other subscribers that refer to the 20mph zones etc. which you may find interesting. If you have any comments about the article feel free to post below!

    See the article at; http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21034-cars-have-evolved-to-go-faster--but-humans-havent.html?full=true

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  • DSC Influencer Awards 2011

    Well done Rod King!!

    On 1st December 2011, Rod King, Founder of 20's Plenty for Us, was presented with an award in the Influencer category of its annual Social Change Awards. The winners were announced at the fifth awards ceremony in London, to celebrate the work of passionate individuals and organisations committed to making a positive impact on society.

    Rod King said :-

    "This is not only recognition of the influence which we are making at 20's Plenty for Us, but also the hard work by all our many thousands of campaigners around the country who are making the case for their communities to become better places to be."

    Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission presented each winner and runner-up with a unique piece of art by cartoonist Grizelda, portraying their organisation and its work.

    The judges for Social Change Awards 2011 were George Monck (Chief Executive at CleanupUK), Beverley Costa (CEO and founder of Mother Tongue), Andy Garnett (Founder of The Garnett Foundation), Caroline Diehl (Chief Executive and Founder of Media Trust), Sue Billington (Director Programme Management of Propraxis Ltd) and Paul Farmer (Chief Executive Officer MIND).

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  • Welcome to 20s Plenty for Sunderland!

    This is the official website for the 20s Plenty for Sunderland Campaign. Our aim is to introduce wide area, mandatory, 20mph speed limits in all residential areas of Sunderland and the wider community in the hope that it will make our streets more accessible for children, pedestrians and cyclists.

    We do not want 20mph limits on ALL roads only those that are considered urban residential areas or are used frequently by vunerable pedestrians. We therefore hope to make the transaction as easy as possible for motorists and not include traffic calming measures such as speed bumps.

    We are a local group of the national 20s Plenty Where People Live Campaign and much of the information featured on this website was taken from there website; http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/

    Please feel free to browse the website and sign our petition !!!

    Thank you very much

    “The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”- James Whitcomb Riley (Author and Poet)

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