A 20mph speed limit could be introduced across Bristol's roads
A 20 MILES-per-hour speed limit could be introduced across Bristol if a new road safety report is put into action.
The report, produced by three of the biggest organisations in the city, concludes that the best way to improve safety is to reduce the volume and speed of traffic.
Bristol City Council, NHS Bristol and the University of the West of England worked together on the report, which also calls for walking and cycling to be promoted as another way to make travelling safer.
The city already has two 20mph pilot schemes, in the south and east, and the report says these "dovetail well" with cycling and walking.
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In those areas the limit applies largely to residential roads only, excluding major thoroughfares such as the A4 or St John's Lane in Bedminster.
Leading councillors have hinted that they would like to see the 20mph zones extended across the city, possibly within the next two
years. The report makes several recommendations, including that the city council should adopt a policy of reducing road danger.
This vision would be of a city in which it is safe and pleasant to move around, and especially beneficial for those who walk, cycle and use public transport.
"A city-wide extension of the current pilot 20mph speed limits is assessed as helping to achieve this," the report says.
Bristol's Director of Public Health Dr Hugh Annett said: "Physical activity through walking and cycling is one of the most important ways to improve health.
"Road danger reduction is integral to making walking and cycling more attractive, safer, and in making Bristol a truly healthy city."
Cabinet councillor Dr Jon Rogers, who was in charge of the council's transport policy until May and now has responsibility for health, said: "This is an excellent report.
"It indicates how we can further improve road safety while promoting sustainable modes of transport.
"Encouraging safer, friendlier and healthier ways of getting around our city is the way to go."
UWE senior lecturer in public health Dr Paul Pilkington said: "The Knowledge Transfer Partnership has demonstrated the benefits of co-operation between the local council, NHS, and UWE when it comes to ensuring Bristol is a healthy city – in this case, a city where the road environment is safer for all."
The first 20mph pilot scheme was launched in south Bristol earlier this year, covering Bedminster and Southville.
Since then, the average speed in the area has dropped by an average of 1.4mph, from around 25mph.
Another 20mph zone was introduced in east Bristol last month which covers Ashley Down, Easton, Eastville, Lawrence Hill and St George West.
Introducing a citywide 20mph zone would cost the council about £500,000.