A new speed limit has come into force in residential areas across large parts of the city today.
The new 20mph limit will affect parts of Aston, Bordesley Green, Brandwood, Hodge Hill, Kings Heath, Ladywood, Moseley, Nechells, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield and Washwood Heath.
Consultation for implementing the speed limit in Central South West Birmingham area including Edgbaston, Harborne, Selly Oak, and Bourneville has finished with the council now to consider the feedback received.
Councillor Stewart Stacey, cabinet member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said: “This isn’t about trying to catch people out – it’s about making our roads safer for all who use them, whether they are children or adults and whether they are pedestrians, cyclists or motorists.”
“A car travelling at 30mph takes twice as long to stop as a car travelling at 20mph. And if you are hit at 20mph you are a lot less likely to be killed or seriously injured than if you are hit by a car travelling at 30mph. As far as I am concerned, safety is paramount on our city’s roads, so our message is loud and clear: slower is safer.”
"And while anyone breaking the speed limit can expect to be pulled over by the police, this campaign is also about educating people on why this 20mph limit is safer. We will be encouraging them to think about their behaviour on the roads and if they have not already done so, to change it for the benefit of all.”