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Speed reductions, inequalities, and transport
  1. D Gorman1,
  2. M Douglas2,
  3. P Noble3
  1. 1Public Health Medicine, Lothian Health, 148 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RS, UK
  2. 2Public Health Medicine, Lothian Health
  3. 3City of Edinburgh Council

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    Editor,—We read the editorials in the BMJ and Injury Prevention about speed limits with interest1, 2 and would like to share some of the Scottish experience on speed reduction.

    Councils throughout Scotland are conducting trials of advisory 20 mph limits as part of a Scottish Executive initiative. In Lothian these are generally in residential areas and often linked with Safe Routes to Schools projects run by the councils in partnership with Lothian Safe Routes, SPOKES (an Edinburgh based cycle group), Lothian Health, and the police. In addition a small number of mandatory 20 mph zones exist, with proposals in Edinburgh for a city wide 20 …

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    • A version of this letter was published in the BMJ on 6 January 2001 (Gorman D, Douglas M, Noble P, et al. Both advisory and mandatory speed limits are being introduced in Edinburgh.