Picture taken by Theo Mitchell.
Controversial plans to enforce a new twenty mile per hour speed limit in Bournemouth are being considered by BCP Council.
This limit was introduced nationally in Wales on 8th January.
The plan has also been rolled out in neighbouring Southampton and Portsmouth, with Portsmouth being the first British city to implement a 20mph speed limit on almost all residential roads in order to reduce road casualties and protect pedestrians and cyclists.
It would apply to built-up areas that have an existing thirty mile an hour limit.
Fin Vowles spoke to Bournemouth residents to get their opinion on the proposed changes.
Harry, a 21-year-old student from Bournemouth, said: “Well, I think they shouldn’t be lowering speed limits from 30 to 20 unless there’s an exact reason like a nearby school or a crossing.
“Other than that I don’t think they should be lowering it unless there’s a specific danger to people’s lives in that area.”
When asked if there could be a speed increase anywhere in the area, he said: “I think around most places in Bournemouth 30mph makes sense.
“I think the only place there could be an increase is coming out of Bournemouth because there is 20 minutes worth of road that is a dual carriageway.”
Luke, 35, said: “I think it all depends where the 30 to 20 zones are being shifted. If it’s being shifted in a more pedestrianised area or a coldest I think it’s the right choice to do even lower, even 15, to save any road accidents.
“It depends on what the footfall is, I would say, and blindspots and what the route of the road is.”
He added: “If there is loads of angles and quick turns then yeah, I think dropping it down would be great.”
Simon, 31 from Bournemouth, said: “I think it’s a good idea, I think it would let people slow down a bit not only to save people’s lives, but also give themselves more time to think because you don’t see a lot of people doing that.”