City of Edinburgh council plans widespread 20mph zones

Cyclist It is hoped reduced speeds will encourage journeys on foot or by bike

A speed limit of 20mph covering most streets in Edinburgh could be introduced by the city council by 2017.

Councillors on the Transport Committee have given their backing to a consultation on the proposal.

The scheme is likely to apply to most residential, shopping and city centre areas. Through routes are expected to retain a 30mph limit.

A motoring organisation has said it worries the plan will amount to no more than "putting up more signs".

Neil Greig of the IAM Motoring Trust told BBC Scotland: "Our main reservation is about the blanket approach but it's also about the fact that we need to do a lot more in Edinburgh.

"We need to have segregated cycling facilities, shared space. That involves a lot more investment in infrastructure.

"This is just really about putting up more signs. We need to do a lot more than that in Edinburgh to actually encourage people out of their cars."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Edinburgh, Fife and East

Weather

Edinburgh

6 °C 5 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.