Is 20 plenty? The evidence for lower speed limits

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By Donna Gardiner

This week (18-25 May) it’s Walk to School Week – where parents and children are encouraged to leave the car at home and experience the benefits of walking to and from school.

The campaign is particularly important given recent evidence which suggests that the number of children who walk to school is falling. The most recent Department for Transport National Travel Survey found that only 42% of children walked to school regularly in 2013, compared to 47% in 1995/97. Indeed, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

A recent YouGov survey of 1,000 parents of five- to 11-year olds in Great Britain found that speeding traffic was the main reason that parents no longer let their children walk to school. In particular, 39% felt that school-run traffic was…

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Gerrard calls Coutinho “next big thing” at Liverpool’s awards night; Sterling gets a few boos

ProSoccerTalk

Raheem Sterling brought uncertainty to the Liverpool awards dinner, and Steven Gerrard was the man on many fans’ minds, but Philippe Coutinho cleaned up the awards before getting plaudits from his captain.

Sterling was given the team’s Young Player of the Year, and earned some boos while accepting it. That’s because he’s reportedly ready to leave Anfield.

[ JPW: Sterling deserves to leave if he wants ]

But, in a year marked with injuries and failure to replicate last season’s success — manager Brendan Rodgers called it a “trying season” — Coutinho has been Liverpool’s spark plug.

The crafty Brazilian midfielder has consistently thrived for the Reds, and won their Goal of the Year, Performance of the Year, Players’ Player of…

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Cech’s mate: Where will in demand Chelsea goalkeeper Petr land?

ProSoccerTalk

We seem set for a bit of high-level goalkeeper merry-go-round this summer, and one of the cogs could go just about anywhere.

Petr Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and a Chelsea legend. Both of those facts are well-established, as is his status as the No. 2 to young Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

[ MORE: How big would losing De Gea be to Man Utd? ]

And while Jose Mourinho would like to keep him as a No. 2, it’s thought that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will placate Cech’s request of only one season as a No. 2.

So where will Cech go?

Massive money aside, it’s hard to imagine, even in today’s money-first football climate, that Cech will be sold to Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal.  Cech’s agent mentioned Arsenal, United and Paris Saint-Germain as attractive options for Cech, but the first two seem…

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