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Inspiring - Rod King MBE

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We were joined by 20's Plenty's founder, Rod King MBE, who was a part of an expert panel that included Rachel Aldred, senior lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, Mark Treasure, Chairman of Cycling Embassy of Great Britain and representatives from TWBC Council.  

The event was due to be chaired by local MP, Greg Clark, unfortunately his duties as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government meant that he was called away to Cornwall.  He sent his apologies and Adrian Berendt, Local Coordinator of 20's Plenty for Tunbridge Wells and member of TWBUG, ably stepped in.

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Several hundred residents of Tunbridge Wells heard well informed research and personal testimony demonstrating that lower speed limits and greater use of bicycles will lead to a healthier, safer and more pleasant town for all of us. For example, research shows that slower

There was plenty of information about TWBUG's and 20's Plenty for Tunbridge Wells' campaigns and more.

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Honest exchanges - local residents question the panel and give their views.

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speed limits and segregated cycle routes lead to more cyclist cycling more often.  Currently 0.5% of our town's school children cycle to school, this could rise to 50% if the right measures were put in place.

 

The Q&A session was impassioned, frank and showed that Kent County Council, who manage our town's roads, must make changes - soon. Simple changes like 20mph limits, putting people before cars and making cycling easier and safer is wanted by many and will provide dramatic benefits.

 

However, with competing demands on ever-reducing public funds this won't happen without active local support. If you do only two things to help make this happen, please sign our petition and write to your borough and county council Councillors. To find out how to do this, go to our Get Involved page.

THERE IS POPULAR LOCAL SUPPORT FOR 20mph LIMIT & GREATER TRANSPORT CHOICES IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS

 

This was the conclusion at the well-attended public panel discussion, kindly hosted at The Skinners' School and organised by TWBUG, on Thursday 16th July.

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