The council is currently consulting on proposals that could see most main roads in Leith become safer.
By dropping the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph, it is hoped that fewer people will be seriously harmed on Leith’s streets.
A pedestrian stuck by a vehicle at 20mph has a 97% chance of survival, whilst this drops to just 50% if the vehicle is travelling at 35mph. This is why it’s so important to get traffic speeds down.
However, even though every local consultation on this issue which has happened before has shown consistent support for 20mph limits from locals, it’s still important if you want to see more people friendly streets to take part in this consultation.
There’s an online survey here that takes two minutes to fill in: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/20mphSpeedLimit
Please do fill it in, and if you can, make sure to name the main roads, like Leith Walk, Easter Road and Great Junction Street, where you think the most difference could be made.
There will also be a consultation event at McDonald Road Library on September 24. If you can make the meeting, please do tell officials there why it’s so important that a 20mph limits is applied to all the main streets of Leith.
And if you have any doubts about the justification of 20mph limits, take a look at what we’ve written about this issue before.
You can find all the background documents to the consultation here.