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Stourbridge campaigners hit the streets in bid for speed limit cut
4:05pm Monday 4th March 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS are taking to the streets in their bid to win speed limit cuts in Stourbridge.
The 20Stourbridge group is planning to spend the next seven Sundays in the areas where they want changes to discuss a range of ideas for slowing traffic.
The group says 92 per cent of people in the Old Quarter want a lower speed limit and people from nearby roads are also calling for change.
20Stourbridge chairman Edward Davies said: "Initially we directed our focus for a speed limit of 20mph in the Old Quarter but residents from other areas have expressed a desire for similar road speed in their street.
"We're not looking for expensive or unpopular traffic calming measures. Rather we think that compliance with a 20mph limit is best achieved by publicity, driver awareness, sensible road planning and community involvement."
The campaign has the backing of Wollaston and Stourbridge Town councillor Ian Marrey, who says the community has a big part to play in setting the speed agenda.
Cllr Marrey said: "Twenty mph limits should be, as far as possible, self enforcing - they should be community led and establishment endorsed.
"20Stourbridge is not looking to have physical traffic calming measures but instead look at how our roads are set up and used and what changes could be implemented to encourage motorists to adhere to 20mph limits.
"We are not ruling anything in or out but are looking at all ideas that might slow speeds and make residential streets safer and more bike/pedestrian friendly."
The first of the street walks will be around Lady Grey’s Walk, Lyttleton Road, Whitmore Road, Palfrey Road, Studley Gate, Park Road and Gladstone Road on Sunday March 10.
Anyone wishing to take part should meet at 10.30am at the junction of Park Road and High Park Avenue.
For more information, or details of alternative arrangements in the event of bad weather, visit www.20stourbridge.com