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Call to identify dangerous junctions and streets for Road Safety Week

Labour London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross is calling on local residents to help identify dangerous junctions and streets in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Road Safety Week. The campaign, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, starts today (Monday) and aims to raise awareness and increase safety on local roads for people on foot and bicycle.

This year’s Road Safety Week focuses on Brake’s GO 20 campaign encouraging drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. In 2009, a London Assembly Transport Committee investigation found that in areas where 20 mph has been introduced in London there has been a 42 per cent reduction in casualties.

Transport for London (TfL) recently invited comments for a new Road Safety Action Plan for the capital and Val has backed the submission by the charity Living Streets, which focuses on road safety for pedestrians.

Val is asking for local residents to get in touch to let her know which local junctions they feel are particularly unsafe. Comments should be sent to Valerie.Shawcross@london.gov.uk or write to Valerie Shawcross AM, City Hall, London SE1 2AA.

Val Shawcross AM, Labour London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark and Labour Group transport spokesperson at City Hall, said:

“I fully support the GO 20 campaign to slow traffic down on our streets. A 20 mph limit offers the potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. I would like to hear from residents about where in South London could benefit from 20mph limits, where there are dangerous blackspots and where crossings need to be made safer.

“At a time when the Mayor has cut the road safety budget by £36m a year compared with 2008, it is more important than ever to slow down traffic in residential areas and make all of our dangerous junctions and streets safe for people on foot and bicycle.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said:

“Everyone in London should be able to walk and cycle without fear or threat, and GO 20 is about bringing that about. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and neighbourhoods safe places we can use and enjoy.

“Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops: you’ll be helping to protect people, and you’ll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We’re also calling on the government and more London boroughs to recognise the benefits of 20mph limits, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20.”

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