An open letter to Richmond Schools

Dear Local Schools

Please support Richmond Council’s 20mph consultation today.

Assen (NL) school run, courtesy David Hembrow

Assen (NL) school run – could Richmond upon Thames be like this?

Traffic speed is a major cause of collisions on our streets, and faster speeds mean worse collisions – the evidence on this is very clear. We also know that children under 15 are particularly vulnerable as they can’t detect vehicles approaching at speeds greater than 20mph1. For every 1mph speed reduction, the risk of crashes drops 6% 2, and the risk of injury with it.

Our roads don’t feel safe enough for many parents to feel safe with their kids walking, scooting or cycling to school. Kids love being active, and evidence shows walking, cycling and scooting to school makes them more alert, as well as boosting their mood, and helping them maintain a healthy weight and grow stronger3. Supporting 20mph in Richmond would be a big help in making our streets feel and be safer, enabling more of us to ditch the car on the school run.

So we need you, your families and staff to reply to this consultation – cos there are lots of drivers in Richmond who don’t want to slow down, and don’t, it seems, care about our children’s  safety or the air they breathe.

Perhaps you could share a note from us in your school newsletter, mention the consultation at assembly, or ask your PTA to share something with your parents and carers and help drive (ahem) home the message we need this change.

You can see the council consultation here: https://richmond.gov.uk/20mph

Our call to action is here: http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/2018/11/11/lets-go-20/

Many thanks,

Borough Coordinator

Richmond Cycling Campaign

We campaign for our borough to be a place where everyone can cycle safely

  1. http://roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/speeds-greater-than-20mph-pose-crossing-risk-for-children/
  2. https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/drivers/inappropriate-speed.pdf
  3. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_content_type/sustransinfosheet_benefits_activetravel_youngpeople_web_0.pdf

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