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Global Road Safety Week - Low speed streets save lives

22 March 2021

20mph low speed streets save lives and are the heart of any community. 

At the heart of Global Road Safety Week 17 - 23 May is the message: '30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits where people and traffic mix make for streets that are healthy, green and liveable, in other words, streets for life'.

The UN Road Safty Collaboration is calling on policymakers to act for low speed streets worldwide, limiting speeds to 30 km/h (20 mph) where people walk, live and play. 

Addressing the risk of death in road traffic is fundamental to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those affecting health security, sustainable cities, poverty, and reducing inequalities among and within countries. Policies that tackle the of impact road traffic, and create environments for safe, sustainable and inclusive transport options, also unlock action for protecting the climate and gender equality too. 

A paradigm shift in how streets are designed, starting with low speeds where people and traffic mix, makes streets safe, accessible, enjoyable and equitable for all road users, delivering multiple benefits for all whilst accelerating action across interlinking SDGs.

Join the #Love30 campaign to call for 20mph/30 km/h speed limits to be the norm for cities, towns and villages worldwide.