The city’s 30 km/h limit has reduced the number of deaths by 14%, according to the DGT

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According to a survey, 70.3% of drivers meet the standard on one-way urban roads

The 30 kilometers per hour (km/h) limit on urban one-way roads reduced the number of deaths by 14% from May to December 2021, which is 38 fewer deaths than the same period in 2029, according to the knowledge of the Director General of Transport (DGT), Pere Navarro, when the first anniversary of the entry into force of this measure is fulfilled.

From May 11, 2021, the speed limit on urban roads will be 20 km/h on single-lane, sidewalk roads; 30 km/h on roads with one lane in each direction and 50 km/h on roads with two or more lanes in each direction. Pere Navarro has stated that “one year is a short time to make a rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of the measure”, but provided some data. For example, he has indicated that traffic officials in some municipalities have told him that “not only have the restriction been met”, but they add that average speeds in the city have fallen and so have accidents. “This is very good news,” he emphasized.

In this regard, Navarro noted that the data for 2021 compared to 2019 shows that the number of deaths in the city has decreased by 25%, which is “a lot” and that the number of abuses has decreased by 32%. With regard to bicycle users, he emphasized that there were 21 deaths in 2019, compared to 11 in 2021. Among the over-65s, “particularly vulnerable” victims, the decrease is 40%. The decrease is pronounced among deceased pedestrians (-32%), cyclists (-48%) and people over 64 (-40%).

However, Pere Navarro has clarified that restrictions and restrictions on mobility were in place until 9 May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With regard to compliance with the new limits, Navarro referred to the results of a quantitative and qualitative survey conducted by the Center for Studies and Opinions Ponle Freno-AXA, according to which 70.3% of drivers adhere to the 30 kilometers per hour (km/h) limit on one-way urban roads. “It seems to me a reasonable result,” says Pere Navarro, who states that the measure is “so good” that the DGT wants to convince the citizen. “It’s not about putting radars on the 30 roads, not even the local police who measure whether people are going to the 30 or not,” he emphasized.

For the Director General of the DGT, this measure is “probably” the most important of the legislators and its implementation has brought “many benefits” such as restoring spaces for coexistence, reducing noise and improving air quality. “Behind this is an entire urban project,” says Pere Navarro, who believes this measure could promote the removal of road signs in cities and even the suppression of traffic lights.

“This has been the catalyst that started a whole series of responses to the city that we all want,” said the director of the DGT, assuring that “this is a step forward for a more humane and sustainable city. According to Pere Navarro “can the car not be the usual way to get around the city.”

Source: La Verdad

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