Mandatory 20mph Zones

Glasgow currently has 65 residential 20mph zones covering more than 100 miles or roughly 12 percent of the city's roads.

The city centre is the most recent addition and includes the area bounded by Newton Street to the west, by West Graham Street/Cowcaddens Road to the north, by (but including) High Street/Saltmarket to the east and by the River Clyde to the south.

How do I know when I'm entering a zone?
A sign as shown on each side of the road will mark the start of the zone.

How do I know when I'm exiting the zone?
A sign as shown on each side of the road will mark the end of the zone.

Why are we introducing 20mph zones?
The driving philosophy behind a 20 mph zone is that it considers the streets in the zone to be a public space that seeks to strike a balance between the realities of an urban area bustling with pedestrian activity and the circulatory function of the roadways. It is considered to be a space for people who live, work, play and study in the area, not for people who cross the zone to get somewhere else. The theory is to reduce rat running while improving the safety and quality of life in the area.

Do all 20mph have traffic calming?
Where necessary traffic calming is installed to support the 20mph zone, however, this isn't always the case and you should always scan the road you are driving in to confirm the speed limit.

What are the objectives of a 20mph speed limit?A 20mph speed limit can save lives - a child hit at 20mph is more likely to survive a collision than a child hit at 30mph.

Our vision with 20mph zones and neighbourhood spaces is to:

  • Provide safe street crossings
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Increase levels of walking and cycling
  • Reduce obesity through increased active living
  • Reduce rat running and cut through traffic
  • Reducing motor vehicle traffic volumes and speeds
  • To reduce road crash rates, injuries and fatalities to all road users
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and noise pollution
  • Foment an area where pedestrians, cyclists and motorists coexist safely and comfortably
  • Develop public space that is open and safe for everyone, including people with disabilities
  • Increase the space available for walking, biking, and people on the street to eat, play and enjoy life
  • Provide a safe area for children in school zones
  • Increase real estate values of local homes and businesses
  • Increase the economic vitality of the area
  • Strengthen the sense of community

Drive Safe

Glasgow's road casualties are at their lowest since records began in the 1930's and over the past decade we have seen reductions in all areas, including a significant reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.

However, up to one third of all road casualties still involve someone who is driving for work and more employees are killed in 'at work road accidents' than in all other occupational accidents.

One of the main ways to tackle this ongoing issue is to encourage and support more employers to develop and manage a road risk policy. This is a document which sets out how your organisation, regardless of size, can put in place measures which will help prevent accidents and reduce the ever increasing associated costs.

Drive Safe Glasgow is a new and completely free resource which has been designed to allow you to quickly assess your organisations current level of road risk and thereafter provide you with the necessary free support and resources to help you reduce that risk.

All you have to do is enter your postcode in the box below and you will be directed to the initial contact page where you will be asked to enter your company details before taking the online questionnaire.

On completion of the questionnaire you will be able to print off or save, a bespoke plan which recommends what action you need to take and provides links to receive free support from those organisations involved.

For organisations in Glasgow, you have the option of either going straight to the questionnaire or to request a visit form the Road Safety Unit to guide you through the process.

If your organisation is outside Glasgow you will be directed to Drive Safe Scotland where you will receive the same support.

All information provided is protected and will only be used by those agencies involved in the project to promote road safety.

The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes.

Thank you for helping to make our roads and communities safe for all.

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