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Letters to the editor: Issue 592 16 Mar 2012

Change the default urban speed limit to 20mph

Stephen Plowden, London NW1

You report that transport minister Norman Baker is encouraging more local councils to introduce 20mph zones in residential areas (‘City cycling commissioners a good idea, says Baker’ LTT 2 Mar).

It is just as important to have low speeds in shopping streets as in residential areas; after all, the ideal shopping environment is a pedestrian precinct.

Most streets in towns are residential, shopping or a mixture of the two. The default urban speed limit should therefore be changed...

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