By Jamie Shapiro, Local Democracy Reporter
Bitterne Park’s first Labour councillor, Tony Bunday, who was elected in May, used his maiden speech at Wednesday’s (July 20) first full council meeting of the municipal year to highlight the city’s need for speed limit reductions.
Cllr Bunday spoke passionately about the subject of speeding cars.
He said: “I’m told as a cyclist in this city I’m 30 times more likely to be killed (in Southampton) than in London.
“I watched with concern one morning as two mothers each with a young child waited patiently for a chance to cross the road. Traffic was oblivious to their needs.
“On Bitterne Road West, a pedestrian has recently been killed there.
“We have a 25 per cent chance of dying if hit by a car at 30mph. This is reduced to 2.5 per cent if hit by a car at 20mph.”
Consultations for speed limit reductions city-wide remain ongoing.
A 45-year-old woman was crossing the dual carriageway in Bitterne Road West when she was “in a collision with a car” at about 10pm on Monday, May 2.
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