I got a pleasant warm glow this evening when two transport-related stories led the Advertiser front page. (If I just played bridge, it could've been a clean sweep....)
I've covered the cycle path story already (nice of the Echo to catch up). Of equal significance, however, is the news about Labour's 20mph initiative.
The evidence is clear - slower vehicle speeds lead to fewer accidents. Those which do occur are less likely to lead to fatalities or serious injuries.
In a £250,000 set of schemes, 20mph zones will be rolled out across the town, subject to local consultation. In some places, like Coombe Drive in Red Hall or Oakwood Drive in my ward, the infrastructure to ensure low traffic speeds (speed cushions and the like) are already in place, so creating a 20mph zone is simply a matter of consulting and advertising an Order. Elsewhere, such as Eastbourne, Lascelles and Northgate, traffic calming will need to be installed.
Darlington already has an excellent record on road safety. These measures will help drive down needless fatalities and injuries still lower.