Press Release for launch of UN Global Road Safety Week

For immediate use, Dublin, 8 May 2017
Today marks the start of the UN’s Global Road Safety Week. All around the world, communities are coming together to organise events focused around the theme ‘Save Lives #SlowDown.’ "Speed is at the core of the global road traffic injury problem," notes WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. "If countries were to address just this key risk, they would soon reap the rewards of safer roads, both in terms of lives saved and increases in walking and cycling, with profound and lasting effects on health."

54 people have been killed on Irish roads in 2017 already, of whom 21 were vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists and pillion passengers). Approximately one third of all these accident fatalities are speed related. Drivers need to make the pledge and act to Save Lives #SlowDown.
This week will see the Garda Traffic Corps out in force, carrying out extra speed checks around Dublin. Love 30 will be holding a series of events on the 9th of May, asking drivers to make the pledge to ‘Save Lives #SlowDown.’ At 8.15am schoolchildren from Scoil Chaitríona on Mobhi Road will be out giving drivers their views on why they should slow down. At 11 am on Tuesday 9th May, Love 30 and the Garda Traffic Corps will be Monck Place, a known ‘rat run’ in Phibsboro, asking drivers to make the pledge to ‘Save Lives #SlowDown’. At 1pm on Tuesday 9th May, a cross-party Oireachtas group of cycling TDs and Senators will be showing their support for this campaign at the Leinster House gates on Kildare Street.
Welcoming the initiative, Inspector Ronan Barry of the Garda Traffic Corps called on everyone to take part this week. “Slowing down isn’t just for UN Global Road Safety Week,” he said. “We all need to take responsibility for saving lives on our roads.”
Love 30 is a coalition of cycling and community groups who campaign for lower speed limits to make our towns and cities safer and more pleasant places to live, work and play. “We are one group out of thousands of groups, all around the world, calling on drivers to slow down,” says Love 30’s Mairéad Forsythe. “We must accept that speed is a critical factor leading to deaths on our roads and change our behaviour accordingly.”
Dublin Cycling Campaign are also supporting this intiative. “In Dublin alone 3 cyclists have been killed off their bikes this year already,” said Colm Ryder of the Dublin Cycling Campaign. “It is a frightening situation that cannot continue. We are delighted that An Garda Síochána are carrying out these urban speed checks.”

Contact: Love 30, Mairéad Forsythe on 086-8337577 for more details

NOTE TO EDITORS:
UN Global Road Safety Week: 8 - 14 May 2017: The #SlowDown campaign operates on the principles of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. On 11 May 2011, dozens of countries around the world kicked off the first global Decade of Action. From New Zealand to Mexico and the Russian Federation to South Africa, governments committed to taking new steps to save lives on their roads. The Decade of Action seeks to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries which experts project will take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.
The Global Plan for the Decade of Action outlines steps towards improving the safety of roads and vehicles; enhancing emergency services; and building up road safety management generally. It also calls for increased legislation and enforcement on speeding.
For more information see www.unroadsafetyweek.org.
Love 30: Ireland has already seen 6 cyclists die on our roads this year, 3 of them in Dublin. Approximately one third of all accident fatalities are speed related. Drivers need to be cognizant of their speed levels and potential to kill or maim vulnerable road users (VRUs), particularly in urban areas. The Love 30 Campaign strongly supports the introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit on many roads in Irish towns and cities and, together with the Garda Traffic Corps, is supporting the UN’s Global Road Safety week with daily speed checks throughout the week across Dublin. For more information: www.love30.ie

 

 

 

Launch of UN Global Road Safety Week

Monday 8th May 10.00 Pearse St. Outside the Trinity Science Gallery Press briefing and photos. Gardai will be doing speed checks

Slow Down Day - Tuesday 9th May

11-12am Phibsborough, junction of Phibsboro Road and Monck Place. Gardai will be doing speed checks and Love 30 will be asking people why slowing down would benefit area.

12.30pm-1.30pm Publicity event at Dáil Ask TDs and Senators who support 30 km/h speed limits to write messages to Save Lives #SlowDown’.

https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/get-involved

 


 

April 2nd saw over 500 cyclists taking over Dublin's quays for a family-friendly cycle to show support for the planned 4.6km cycle path between the Phoenix Park and the Point Village.

A stream of cyclists left Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park and flowed down along the Liffey to the Point Village.

The event was run by Dublin Cycling Campaign and supported by Love 30, we got some Love 30 flags made up for the day, to celebrate Dublin city council's launch of a 30 km/h limit on most roads within Dublin's canals a few days previously.

 


 

Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people aged 15-29 worldwide. The 4th UN Road Safety Week takes place from the 8 to 14 May 2017 will focus on speed and how slowing down can save lives. Their website has tips for running events and getting people involved and a 'Slow down day's toolkit.

Click here for more details on UN Road Safety Week

Their theme is: Slow down #Savelives

 


 

Slower speeds save lives, save lifestyles and save money.

That was the message from the 20’s Plenty Conference that took place on the 8th March 2017 in Birmingham. Mairead Forsythe and Muireann O’Dea attended the conference on behalf of the Love 30 Campaign and Cyclist.ie.

Dublin was well represented as Roy O’Connor from Dublin City Council presented the plans to expand the 30kmh zones in the city over the next few months. On the 1st April 2017 the speed limit will be set to 30km/h on nearly all roads within the canals. In July 2017 further residential areas outside of the canals will be added. The council have done baseline measurements of air, noise and speeds so it will be possible to measure the benefits after the new limits are introduced. They also measured journey times for cars travelling at 50km/h and 30km/h across the canal area and found that the lower speed limit adds less than a minute to journeys of 2.5km.

Widespread 20mp/h speed limits have been introduced in Calderdale over a three year period from 2015 to 2017. While the average reduction in vehicle speeds has only been 2.2 miles/hour there has been a reduction of 22% in road traffic collisions. Paul Butcher, the director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, estimates the savings so far from the reduction in injuries at £450,000 and he expects the full costs of the speed limits programme to be recouped within 5 years.

The hosts, Birmingham City Council, were keen to showcase their programmes to make the roads safer and to encourage active travel. The council were awarded £58 million from the Department for Transport to implement their Cycle Revolution programme to promote cycling. They have a team of 9 that run cycling events throughout the city for people of all ages and abilities. Some of the innovative ideas were to give away 3,500 bicycles to people who can’t afford a bicycle and to introduce a Brompton bike hire scheme.

The council have also introduced a scheme whereby motorists caught speeding outside a school are given the option of paying the speeding fine or appearing before a Children’s Court where they must explain their behaviour. You can get an idea of how it works from these Children’s Court videos. Rod King MBE, the founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, spoke of the difficulties faced by residents in The overall message from the conference was that lower speed limits are now becoming the norm throughout cities in the UK, and that they are a cost effective way to reduce injuries and promote active travel.

 


 

South Dublin has adopted revised Bye-Laws introducing 30 km/h in most residential estates. Signs are now being erected and the new limits should become law in Spring/Summer 2017.  

 


 

Love 30 made a submission to Cork County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in a small number of residential estates, and outside a school in Youghal and we urged Cork County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission to Mayo County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and we urged Mayo County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission to Galway County Council's public consultation on introducing 30 km/h speed limits in some residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and urged Galway County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission in response to Offaly County Council's proposals for 30 km/h speed limits in all residential estates. We welcomed the decision to include all residential estates in their 30 km/h proposals. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools. We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.

Love 30 made a submission in response to Roscommon County Council's proposals for 30 km/h speed limits on some residential roads. We welcomed the proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in many residential estates. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools. We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.   For more information on existing bye-laws and proposals to introduce new 30 km/h limits click on [read more on speed limits here]

 


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dublin: At its meeting on 5th December 2016 Dublin City Council adopted proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits for most roads "within the Canals" on 31 March and to introduce 30 km/h in residential estates in a numbers of suburbs later in the year. Love 30 is delighted with Dublin City Council's decision. We are particularly pleased that it includes the area within the Canals, which is one of the aims in the Love 30 Vision Statement. We are also pleased that Dublin City Council is introducing 30 km/h in the City Centre and is not confining it to residential estates. We are disappointed that the distributor roads remain at 50 km/h. you can see the map of the new limits on this link.

 


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Dublin: At its meeting on 5th December 2016 Dublin City Council adopted proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits for most roads "within the Canals" on 31 March and to introduce 30 km/h in residential estates in a numbers of suburbs later in the year. Love 30 is delighted with Dublin City Council's decision. We are particularly pleased that it includes the area within the Canals, which is one of the aims in the Love 30 Vision Statement. We are also pleased that Dublin City Council is introducing 30 km/h in the City Centre and is not confining it to residential estates.

We are disappointed that the distributor roads remain at 50 km/h. you can see the map of the new limits on this link: 30KP Speed Limit Review-01.06.2016   South Dublin 30 km/h in residential estates

South Dublin has adopted revised Bye-Laws introducing 30 km/h in most residential estates. Signs are now being erected and the new limits should become law in Spring/Summer 2017.

Love 30 made a submission to Cork County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in a small number of residential estates, and outside a school in Youghal and we urged Cork County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission to Mayo County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and we urged Mayo County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission to Galway County Council's public consultation on introducing 30 km/h speed limits in some residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and urged Galway County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools.

Love 30 made a submission in response to Offaly County Council's proposals for 30 km/h speed limits in all residential estates. We welcomed the decision to include all residential estates in their 30 km/h proposals. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools.We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.

Love 30 made a submission in response to Roscommon County Council's proposals for 30 km/h speed limits on some residential roads. We welcomed the proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in many residential estates. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools. We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.

For more information on existing bye-laws and proposals to introduce new 30 km/h limits click on www.speedlimits.ie

 


 

** The Love 30 Campaign today welcomes Dublin City Council’s implementation of a 30 km/h speed limit on most roads within Dublin's canals. **

In a year which has already seen 5 cyclists killed on our roads, it is more urgent than ever that our roads become safe for everybody; the introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit is a welcome step in the right direction.

“It’s great to see Dublin City Council leading the way towards safer streets,” said Mairead Forsythe from Love 30. “This brings us more into line with the rest of Europe where 30 km/h is becoming the default urban speed limit.”

There is overwhelming evidence that lower speed limits make streets safer and more pleasant places for children and adults to live, socialise, work and play. Road Safety Authority statistics show that lower speeds dramatically reduce the number of people killed in collisions: 1 in 10 pedestrians will die when hit by a car at 30 km/h; at 50 km/h, 5 people in 10 will die, and at 60 km/h, 9 out of 10 pedestrians will die.

The Love 30 Campaign calls on Dublin City Council to follow this important step today with the introduction of 30 km/h in all residential estates and urban villages and to reconsider the speed limit ondistributor roads which are still 50 km/h.

Love 30 also calls on other local authorities to accelerate the introduction of 30 km/h limits in residential estates and to introduce 30 km/h limits in the centre of towns and villages, as well as outside schools.

Note for editors:

The Love 30 Campaign is a campaigning group supported by various organisations, including the European Network for 30 km/h, An Taisce, Reimagining Phibsborough, Dublin Cycling Campaign, Green-Schools, and Jake’s Legacy.

Some examples of the benefits of setting lower speed limits in other locations:

•50% fewer road crashes (Switzerland)

•90% fewer killed or severely injured (Kingston upon Hull)

•50% fewer children killed or severely injured (London)

 


 

The Irish Times had pretty positive coverage of the new speed limits which have just been introduced within the canals of Dublin. Love 30 wins the day!

 


 

Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people aged 15-29 worldwide.

The 4th UN Road Safety Week takes place from the 8 to 14 May 2017 will focus on speed and how slowing down can save lives.

Their website has tips for running events and getting people involved and a 'Slow down day's toolkit.

Click here for more details on UN Road Safety Week

Their theme is: Slow down #Savelives

 


 

Slower speeds save lives, save lifestyles and save money.

That was the message from the 20’s Plenty Conference that took place on the 8th March 2017 in Birmingham. Mairead Forsythe and Muireann O’Dea attended the conference on behalf of the Love 30 Campaign and Cyclist.ie.

Dublin was well represented as Roy O’Connor from Dublin City Council presented the plans to expand the 30kmh zones in the city over the next few months. On the 1st April 2017 the speed limit will be set to 30km/h on nearly all roads within the canals. In July 2017 further residential areas outside of the canals will be added. The council have done baseline measurements of air, noise and speeds so it will be possible to measure the benefits after the new limits are introduced. They also measured journey times for cars travelling at 50km/h and 30km/h across the canal area and found that the lower speed limit adds less than a minute to journeys of 2.5km.

Widespread 20mp/h speed limits have been introduced in Calderdale over a three year period from 2015 to 2017. While the average reduction in vehicle speeds has only been 2.2 miles/hour there has been a reduction of 22% in road traffic collisions. Paul Butcher, the director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, estimates the savings so far from the reduction in injuries at £450,000 and he expects the full costs of the speed limits programme to be recouped within 5 years.

The hosts, Birmingham City Council, were keen to showcase their programmes to make the roads safer and to encourage active travel. The council were awarded £58 million from the Department for Transport to implement their Cycle Revolution programme to promote cycling. They have a team of 9 that run cycling events throughout the city for people of all ages and abilities. Some of the innovative ideas were to give away 3,500 bicycles to people who can’t afford a bicycle and to introduce a Brompton bike hire scheme.

The council have also introduced a scheme whereby motorists caught speeding outside a school are given the option of paying the speeding fine or appearing before a Children’s Court where they must explain their behaviour. You can get an idea of how it works from these Children’s Court videos. Rod King MBE, the founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, spoke of the difficulties faced by residents in

The overall message from the conference was that lower speed limits are now becoming the norm throughout cities in the UK, and that they are a cost effective way to reduce injuries and promote active travel.

 


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dublin: At its meeting on 5th December 2016 Dublin City Council adopted proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits for most roads "within the Canals" on 31 March and to introduce 30 km/h in residential estates in a numbers of suburbs later in the year. Love 30 is delighted with Dublin City Council's decision. We are particularly pleased that it includes the area within the Canals, which is one of the aims in the Love 30 Vision Statement. We are also pleased that Dublin City Council is introducing 30 km/h in the City Centre and is not confining it to residential estates. We disappointed that the distributor roads remain at 50 km/h. you can see the map of the new limits on this link: 30KP Speed Limit Review-01.06.2016

 


 

South Dublin has adopted revised Bye-Laws introducing 30 km/h in most residential estates. Signs are now being erected and the new limits should become law in Spring/Summer 2017.

 


 

Love 30 made a submission to Cork County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in a small number of residential estates, and outside a school in Youghal and we urged Cork County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools. See the full submission

Love 30 made a submission to Mayo County Council's public consultation on amendments to the speed limit bye laws, including lowering speeds to 30 km/h in a small number of residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and we urged Mayo County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools. See the full submission

Love 30 made a submission to **********Galway County Council's********* public consultation on introducing 30 km/h speed limits in some residential estates. We supported the proposed 30 km/h limits in some residential estates and urged Galway County Council to introduce more 30 km/h limits in residential estates, in towns and villages and outside schools. See our full submission here

For more information on existing bye-laws and proposals to introduce new 30 km/h limits click on www.speedlimits.ie

Love 30 made a submission in response to ******Offaly County Council's****** proposals for 30 km/h speed limits in all residential estates. We welcomed the decision to include all residential estates in their 30 km/h proposals. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools.We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.

Love 30 made a submission in response to **Roscommon County Council's **proposals for 30 km/h speed limits on some residential roads. We welcomed the proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in many residential estates. However we expressed our disappointment that there are no proposals to introduce 30 km/h speed limits in town and village centres, or outside schools. We urged the Council to do its utmost to continue the process of lowering speed limits in the County with the least possible delay.