Buzz Cycles Campaigns...
At the start of 2011 the Buzzcycles Campaigns Group (vice chair Esther Clarke) set out its Five Year Plan (available to download as pdf).
1 Major Five Year Campaign - 20's Plenty
15 Annual Campaigns - 3 per year - this year they are: Better cycle route maintenance, routes within and to Rushmere Park, and routes around the Tesco area
25 Infrastructure Targets
For more information on these campaigns keep an eye on this section of the website or come along to our Campaigns Group meetings (see events calendar for details).
Buzzcycle's current major Five Year Campaign is 20's Plenty. This means that we want to see a town-wide (including Heath and Reach) 20mph speed limit on all the roads (with just a couple of exceptions). We believe that this will make Leighton a more pleasant place to live, work, play and travel in.
Do you agree? Would you like your street to be 20mph? Would you like your route to work or your child's route to school to be all 20mph? We'd like to hear your views: sign our petition or put a comment on the forum page.
20mph zones vs 20mph areas
A 20mph zone is usually a short section, such as outside a school, where 20mph is enforced with traffic calming.
A 20mph area normally covers a number of streets or even a whole town or city (e.g. Portsmouth) and the 20mph is enforced only with signs and very little traffic calming. The idea is that 20mph becomes a cultural norm that people gradually accept because it covers a wider area.
The national 20's Plenty For Us campaign has a great website with lots of information and factsheets.
What support have we got?
There are already a number of 20mph zones and areas in Leighton and the Town Council's Big Plan states that it would like these to be extended throughout the town. We also have support from some officers and councillors in Central Beds Council.
By the end of 2016 we would like to see the whole of the town covered by a default 20mph speed limit.
Buzzcycles' current major Five Year Campaign is 20's Plenty. This means that we want to see the whole of Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and Heath and Reach under an area-wide 20mph speed limit, with only one or two exceptions. We believe that this will make the town more pleasant to live, work, play and travel in.
Do you agree? Would you like your street to be 20mph? We'd like to hear your comments: use the forum page and sign our petition.
20 zones vs 20 areas
A 20mph zone is usually a short section of road, such as outside a school, where 20mph is enforced by signs and traffic calming, eg. speed humps.
A 20mph area normally covers a number of streets or even a whole town or city (eg Portsmouth) and the 20mph is just enforced with signage but no, or very little, traffic calming. The idea is that the 20mph becomes a cultural thing that people slowly start to accept because it covers a wider area.
There is a national 20's Plenty Campaign that is supporting our local campaign. Their website has lots of information on it about why 20mph areas are good for cyclists and other road users.
In the Town Council's Big Plan, which is being re-launched in April, they say that they would like to see 20mph introduced throughout the town. And slowly this is happening. We also have the support of some officers and councillors at Central Beds Council.
We hope that by the end of 2016 the majority of streets in the town will be 20mph.
Watch this space for Leighton Linslade's very own 20's Plenty campaign...
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