20 mph zones

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

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