Let’s be VERY clear that this article is exceptionally poor journalism given that at the heart of the story is a Communities, Transport, and Environment Scrutiny panel rejected report. This report is being sent out by the council.
Given national coverage that this rejected report is now getting we are calling on the council to withdraw this report as it reflects poorly on Bath and North East Somerset council and particularly the officers.
The JULY 2017 Scrutiny Panel RESOLVED to:
- Note the report;
- Accept that more data over a three year period for all schemes is needed to provide evidence for any future changes to the scheme;
- Note that capital budget provision will be required to implement any future changes;
- Await the outcome of the Department for Transport review and request a report on this to a future panel;
- Continue to consider specific applications for 20 mph schemes especially where these relate to safety around schools;
- Recommend to the Cabinet Member that 20mph signage be removed where it is illogical.
The data in the report showed that :-
- Crashes in the 20mph limits had reduced by 28% in Bath.
- Casualties in the 20mph limits had reduced by 23% in Bath.
- The number roads with average speeds at or above 24mph had reduced by 43% when 20mph was implemented.
- The number of roads with average speeds at or above 26mph had reduced by 78% when 20mph was implemented.
Now you may feel that these would have been worth mentioning as a finding in the report but they were excluded. Instead the report found that by looking at areas in detail they could compare the number of areas where casualties and crashes had increased or decreased without weighting or taking any note of the significance of a number. And from this they concluded that more areas had increased casualties than reduced them. This is completely bogus statistically.
I even wrote about this in May.
Withdraw this report now. It’s embarrassing.
Chair of Cycle Bath