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Not just the usual suspects such as highway authorities and police - others such as local businesses and health bodies are worth involving

Your local (highway) authority is the obvious starting point, as it has the power to change speed limits, with the police being a close second as they have the power to enforce the speed limits. But you should also try to engage with a wide range of your community, including local businesses, residents, public transport operators, taxi companies and so on. See if you can think of reasons why they would benefit themselves. Less stressful driving and lower air pollution can be relevant for people who spend most of their working day behind the wheel. Perhaps you could create a 'twenty's plenty' sign with your local community's name that people could stick up in shop windows or in vehicle windows.

There may be new opportunities to seek funding as the link between ill health such as obesity and places where it is hard to walk and cycle becomes increasingly clear. In Liverpool, the Primary Care Trust is contributing £400,000 towards the £1.4m anticipated cost of the council programme to implement 20 mph across the city over the next four years. The Trust will also fund a £265,000 programme of perception surveys and community engagement work.

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