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Step one:
Read the Open Letter

STREETS FOR LIFE: FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET.

On our streets, worldwide, where we walk, play and live, we call for action on speed.
Low speed, liveable streets are essential and urgent.

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Urgent because low speeds save lives.

Urgent for the Global Goals and for our climate, as a key that unlocks a virtuous cycle of zero carbon active travel, shifting from car dependence, enabling thriving public transportation, cleaner air and lower CO2 emissions.

Urgent for public health, by making walking and cycling safer and more accessible, enabling and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Liveable streets are more crucial than ever as we respond to COVID-19.

Urgent for social and racial equity, as it is lower income and minority communities who are most exposed to high-speed traffic, and the road danger, environmental hazard and social exclusion it causes.

Urgent for the rights of people with disabilities; for the elderly; for all who are vulnerable.

Urgent for our children and youth, and vital for their wellbeing. They are most at risk on the streets where they live, play and travel to school. Every day 3000 children and young people are killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads. A child hit by a car at 30 km/h (20 mph) can survive. Hit at 80 km/h (50 mph), most will die. Speed kills.

The 2020 Stockholm Declaration, adopted by governments worldwide, calls for a focus on liveable streets and in line with available evidence, a maximum road travel speed of 30 km/h where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. Commitment to this approach must be at the forefront of the new Decade of Action for Road Safety to achieve the Global Goals.

Now is the time to urgently deliver on this call to action by reducing, designing and enforcing traffic speeds that are safe for everyone, everywhere, prioritising low speed streets in all residential areas and near schools.

Streets for health. Streets for climate. Streets for people. We must act together to create #StreetsForLife.

 

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Sign the
Open Letter

Every 24 seconds - about the time it takes to read the Open Letter - another person is killed in a road traffic crash.

If you demand streets for life and #Love30 like we do, join the campaign to call for 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits worldwide, on streets where people walk, live and play.

In 2022, world leaders will meet at the high-level meeting on road safety. Together we will bring a united message to demand streets for life. Will you join us?

Download the Open Letter

 

 

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Step two:
Send the Open Letter

step_2_look.pngWe’re calling on policymakers to commit to act for low speed streets worldwide, and need your help to build awareness and support for 30 km/h (20 mph) streets where people and traffic mix. 

Write to your chosen decision-makers to make the case for streets life. Edit and adapt the Open Letter to your local setting and language, including any specific demands, to create your own powerful call to action for low speed streets. Include any other evidence or resources in the campaign toolkit to support your arguments. 

Send to the decision-makers responsible for the change you would like to see in your community, asking them to endorse your Open Letter. Encourage others to do the same!

Got your decision-maker to sign the open letter?
Use tools in the social media pack and the endorsement poster to get a picture and tag us on social media @UNGRSW @unroadsafetyweek and use #StreetsForLife #Love30.

 

Edit your Open Letter

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Step three:
Spread the message

Build your #Love30 community! 

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Build support and understanding within the community for the benefits of 30 km/h (20 mph) streets where people walk, live and play. 

Grow your #Love30 campaign by connecting with community groups and leaders, both online and offline, who are working to make their neighbourhood streets safe, healthy, green and liveable. Explore the Streets for Life Toolkit for ideas. Why don't you start with a poster campaign?

Online
Spread the message and ask people to sign the Open Letter online. Promote it on your social media and mention it in your next newsletter! Adapt the tools in the social media pack to create your own social media awareness campaign to amplify the arguments to #Love30.

Offline
Did you write and edit your own Open Letter? Now build support for your demands within your community. Be safe when you collect signatures from people. Please take COVID19 measures.

Download and print the template to collect signatures.

  1. Ask people to sign.
  2. When you have a full sheet of signatures, scan or take a photo of it and upload it here so that we can record how many people have signed.
  3. Share evidence of support with your policymakers, along with other resources in the campaign tool kit to support your arguments for 30 km/streets. 
  4. Ask policymakers to publicly endorse your Open Letter and commit to act on 30 km/h (20 mph) streets where people and traffic mix.

Got your decision-maker to endorse the campaign or make a 30 km/h commitment?
Use tools in the social media pack and the endorsement poster to get a picture and tag us on social media @UNGRSW @unroadsafetyweek and use #StreetsForLife #Love30.

More ideas for engaging your community and policy makers

The Streets for Life Toolkit highlights some more ways that you can engage your community and policymakers to #Love30. From hosting virtual rallies, to poster exhibitions or #Love30 street closures, explore and adapt the tools to your local context.

Download the Streets for Life Toolkit

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Signatures supporting the Open Letter (both online and on paper) are stored by the UN Week database to show how many people have signed. However, your details will not be published or used for marketing purposes. You will only be contacted by the UN Week organizers if you have checked the box and agreed to receive updates on the campaign.

Any comments, or difficulties with the Open Letter form, please contact info@unroadsafetyweek.org