They will lead to added frustration
THE spectre of 20mph speed restrictions across Bristol is one restriction too many, when one takes into account current restrictions caused by sparsely used bus lanes such as that on the Portway etc. combined with current rush hour grid-lock in Stoke Bishop and Clifton caused by the Wessex Water pipelaying exercise. Consultation on the 20mph speed limit based on sparsely represented Neighbourhood Forums is, I feel, stretching democracy a bit far.
Speed restrictions of 20mph will create an increase in frustration, and drive rage, on the part of the motorist, an increased risk of accidents due to motorists watching their speedos and not the road in front and an increase in fuel consumption and pollution due to vehicles driving in third gear.
Summary, the 20mph limit, judiciously applied in appropriate areas, is a good idea but not applied city-wide.
One rather laughable outcome will be that cyclists who have no means of gauging speed and can easily achieve 30 mph, will often be overtaking motorists and in so doing be infringing the 20 mph limit themselves. What will the Police do about that?
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The Bristol City Council need, for once, to consider the economy of the city and keep traffic flowing by all possible means.
At the moment we have bus lanes such as that on the Portway which are empty most of the day. Surely these restrictions should apply only during rush hours.
These lanes could, and should, be opened to all traffic during the rest of the day?