This is a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, sent on 20th March 2020 by HDCA member Malcolm Margolis.
Dear Mr Hancock,
In order to ease the burden on the NHS, will you as Secretary of State for Health ask the government as an emergency measure to lower speed limits on all roads which are currently 30mph or more, and to reduce limits in urban areas to no more than 20mph, ideally 15mph?
This would massively reduce the number of road deaths and injuries, freeing up resources to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It would also encourage people to drive less and walk and cycle more, providing healthy exercise at a time when the usual sources of exercise – sport, clubs, fitness classes etc – are not available.
Will you ask the government to reconsider the provision in the Budget for £27 billion investment in new roads, which is entirely inappropriate at this time? Investment is needed in a first-class cycle network, and to encourage walking, not least by making our towns and cities fine places to be in, not drive in.
Malcolm Margols (British Empire Medal, Services to Cycling)