Our survey seeking views about Cardiff Council's proposal to create a 20mph zone throughout Radyr and Morganstown (apart from Parc Radur) has now closed.
We received 454 responses - and here are the main results:
The majority of those who responded support the introduction of the speed limit. The survey showed that 286 people agreed - and 164 people disagreed:
Comments about the zone included:
An even greater majority of those who responded support the introduction of a 20mph speed limit on the road where they live. The survey showed that 325 people agreed - and 122 people disagreed.
This may suggest that people agree that lower speed limits can be justified - and can bring benefits to residents - although they may be keener to see those limits introduced outside their homes than outside other people's homes.
In other words, the principle that lower speed limits can be beneficial seems to be accepted by 72% of respondents.
Most respondents believe that none of the roads in Radyr and Morganstown should be exempt from the speed limit. The survey showed that 235 people think that no road should be exempt - as opposed to 134 people who think that some roads should be exempt.
Comments about possible exemptions included:
Continuing with the same theme, most respondents believe that the entire length of the main road should be subject to a 20mph speed limit. The survey showed that 286 people agreed with this view - as opposed to 164 who disagreed.
Comments about this included:
When also asked a series of questions:
Here is the age breakdown of respondents:
The lowest support for a 20mph zone was amongst 25 to 34 year olds. Support is fairly constant between the ages of 35 and 64. It falls away slightly between 65 and 74 - and increases significantly at age 75 and over.
Here's the gender breakdown of respondents:
Not only were the number of respondents split almost equally between male and female - there was hardly any difference of opinion between the genders with regard to the proposed 20mph zone.
[NB: Following a claim on local social media that multiple responses from individual computers were possible, the results were analysed - and revealed that one respondent had submitted multiple identical responses at 2.00am on 15 January. All but one response from that respondent were removed - and steps taken to ensure that only one response per device could be submitted].
[NB: With regard to pollution, Cardiff Council has installed air pollution monitors along the main road - and initial readings suggest that pollution levels are around 50% of the maximum permitted levels. If the 20mph zone is introduced, monitoring will continue - and could inform future action with regard to traffic management and pollution. In addition, the UK Government is considering bringing its 2040 ban on the sale of all new conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars forward to 2035. As such, we may well see the proportion of electric and hybrid cars on our roads increasing in the intervening period. This, along with the promised park-and-ride facilities on the outskirts of Cardiff; proposed restrictions on HGV vehicles - and an improved rail service, could help reduce air pollution levels. On the other hand, of course, Plasdwr may lead to more traffic passing through Radyr and Morganstown].
[NB: Parc Radur may be included in a future 20mph zone proposal].