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    Dan Soton wrote:
    Southampton's average car journey speed is below 17.8mph


    a blanket 20 mph speed limit across Southampton will be no hardship for me


    who's gonna give a whatever if it puts a stop to reckless car drivers speeding between and though traffic lights


    Increased congestion means the average speed in our towns is now 17.8mph
    Last updated at 19:09 26 July 2007
    Britain's gridlocked roads are getting worse with traffic up as the average speed in major cities drops to just 17.8 mph.
    Motorists are facing greater congestion as the gap widens even further between the Government's pledges on transport and the reality.
    Today figures showed that of the 18 largest urban areas in England, excluding London, average peak speeds were lowest in Leicester, Bristol and Southampton.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail




    I believe Populas (the team who do research for the AA or RAC) may have made similar conclusions. Often I will ride along from one set of lights, or even a junction, get overtaken and catch up with the overtaker at the next stopping point.

    I have a workmate who drives a similar distance/route to me. 6 miles across the itchen and through the city centre over to shirley. They get there in about 25 mins. I get there in 35 mins when taking it easy on the bike.

    Piece of cake."
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Call to make cycling safer in Southampton

Dilys Gartside

Dilys Gartside

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A 20MPH speed limit, segregated cycle lanes and a ban on huge lorries – all are vital to make cycling in Southampton city centre safer.

That’s the call from a local pressure group ahead of a parliamentary debate tomorrow.

And as the membership of Southampton Cycling Campaign soars, the group is also pleased that talks with the city council are proving successful.

After growing national pressure, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling has secured a three-hour debate at Westminster Hall tomorrow. It will give MPs the chance to put forward safety measures for consideration by the Government.

“We are absolutely delighted that the debate is happening,” said Dilys Gartside, spokeswoman for Southampton Cycling Campaign.

“Our MP, Alan Whitehead, has always been very supportive of these sorts of initiatives and I suspect he’s been inundated because all of the local cycling groups have been lobbying him to attend on Thursday.”

Meanwhile, an Early Day Motion tabled by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, signed by over 35 MPs, expresses concern about a seven per cent rise in the number of cyclists killed on Britain’s roads.

The petition “calls on the Government to take further action to improve cycling infrastructure and reduce the number of casualties on roads.”

In Southampton, the city is looking to spend £2m on cycle routes and provision in the next year.

While Ms Gartside says Southampton has “certainly got a long way to go” in terms of cycling safety, she says she is encouraged by talks with the city council.

“I’m very excited about what’s happening in Southampton now and I’m even more excited that groups like ours are being listened to at last.”

“We’ve been going for decades but in even the last year our membership has rocketed. Our meetings that would be attended by six or seven hardcore members, are now being attended by around 25

Cycling Facts

• 42 per cent of Brits own a bike.

• 3.1bn miles were cycled in Britain in 2010.

• 111 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads in 2010, up seven per cent on 2009.

• 26 per cent of cycle deaths involve a lorry or a van.

• 2,660 cyclists were seriously hurt in 2010.

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