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."

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