Love 30 Review of 2019

The Love 30 Campaign is supported by a group of organisations and individuals who believe that lower speed limits can make our towns and cities safer and more pleasant places to live, work and play. Below is an overview of the activities of the campaign during 2019. To get involved or for more information contact info@love30.ie.

Submissions

Love 30 made a number of submissions to public consultations during 2019, starting with one in June to Cork City Council on the Cork Metropolitan Area Draft Transport Strategy 2040 (CMATS).

In August, we made a submission to South Dublin County Council supporting periodic 30 km/h speed limits in the vicinity of six schools.

We made a submission to Dublin City Council in September, supporting the extension of 30 km/h speed limits to all residential areas within the City. These speed limits will come into effect on a phased basis during 2020. We are seeking to have 30 km/h speed limits extended to distributor roads and urban villages and to roads in the vicinity of schools.

In November, we made a submission supporting the initiative by Fingal County Council for ‘school streets’ in Malahide. This involves low speed limits and a part-time traffic ban outside the school.

Earlier in the year, Love 30 had contributed to submissions by Dublin Cycling Campaign on the NTA’s BusConnects programme.

The start of 2020 has been busy, with submissions made to Cork City Council, Galway County Council and Wexford County Council, with a submission to Fingal County Council in the works (see separate article here).

Velo-city

In preparation for the Velo-city conference, we conducted a survey in Marino / Donnycarney to see if 30 km/h speed limits increased the numbers of people cycling, and the numbers of women cycling. No difference in declared number of cyclists but 44% said they cycled and 50 % of cyclists were female, compared to census figures of 18% and 30% respectively. The results of the survey were presented at Velo-city.

Other developments

Love 30 was nominated for the RSA Leading Lights Awards and was shortlisted in the sustainable transport category.

Free Speed Surveys conducted by the RSA showed poor observance of 30 km/h speed limits. Residential estates were better than some city centre roads, where 98% of motor vehicles exceeded 30 km/h limits.

Three people from Love 30 attended the 20’s Plenty conference in Waltham Forest, London on 31st October.

Galway Cycling Campaign want to campaign for more 30 km/h in the City, especially around schools, and a number of issues are emerging in County Galway.

The Government approved the Minister for Transport’s proposal for graduated speeding penalties, but many rural TDs oppose them.

Love 30 supported the foundation of the Irish Pedestrian Network

Mairéad Forsythe was interviewed on radio by FM104 and Newstalk and featured on the RTÉ 1 TV Series about cycling, “Now You See Me”

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