If Kent County Council wants to achieve its Active Travel objective
it should set the default speed limit on all lit roads to 20mph
Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on their Active Travel Strategy to "make active
travel an attractive and realistic choice for short journeys in Kent. By developing and
promoting accessible, safer and well-planned active travel opportunities...".
20’s Plenty for Kent supports KCC’s objective of increasing active travel and believes it
should take more account of the benefits of having a 20mph default speed limit on the
county’s lit roads. This is the cheapest and most effective way of increasing the number of
people travelling actively to work, school and for daily journeys.
20’s Plenty for Kent calls on KCC to include in its Active Travel Strategy a five-point plan:
1. Use Public Health England’s recent guidance to local authorities on how 20mph can
achieve significant increases in cycling and walking.
2. Follow the Department for Transport’s 2013 guidance on setting local speed limits and introduce “more 20 mph limits and zones, over time, in urban areas and built-up village streets that are primarily residential, to ensure greater safety for pedestrians and cyclists”
3. Adopt a 20mph default speed limit in residential streets throughout the county to take particular account of the needs of “existing and potential levels of vulnerable road users”
4. Follow the UK government’s objective of making “cycling and walking the default natural choice for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey”
5. Call on the UK government to legislate to make 20mph the default speed on lit roads.
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