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Making Santa Cruz safe for pedestrians and bicyclists

From: domainremoved <Peter>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:38:04 +0000

Dear Council,
    You have made a wise decision to improve the bicycle and pedestrian paths ways on Santa Cruz. For political reasons you choose not to provide protected pathways.

Given those two decisions, I urge you to lower the speed limit on Santa Cruz to 20 mph.

    There is no need to do a study or an experiment on the value of such a speed reduction - that reduction has already been studied, experimented with and tested throughout the UK.

 Here is the data:
" By August 2002, Kingston upon Hull in the UK had introduced 112 20-mph zones and 190 km of roads subject to a 20 mph limit covering 26% of the city's streets which they described as contributing to "dramatic reductions in road casualties". Total collisions were reduced by 56%, Killed & seriously injured collisions down 90%, child casualties collisions down 64% and all pedestrian collisions down 54% and child pedestrian collisions down 74%."

A report published in 2008 estimated that following the introduction of 20 mph zones in London, a reduction of casualties by 45% and killed and serious injuries by 57% occurred."

Note - London extended the 20 mph limit City-wide in 2014.

Why not have a 20 mph speed limit on Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park?

Peter Carpenter
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