Looking at observed behaviour from Automated Traffic Counters (ATC), there were reductions in vehicle speeds in both towns during the trial period, with only two sites in Faversham not seeing reductions. The average ATC speed reduction in Tonbridge was 3mph and 0.9mph in Faversham.
Generally, negativity around driving and 20mph limits in Faversham did not increase post-trial and there was positive movement in reported levels of active travel. Over 10% of respondents from both trial towns said that their levels of walking had increased after the 20mph limits were introduced and around 20% felt that there was more walking occurring in their area. While nearly 10% of residents in both towns reported an increase in their level of pedal cycle activity after the 20mph limits were installed. As with walking, around 20% of residents of both towns thought that there was more cycling in their area post trial.
Kent’s Vision Zero Strategy uses a Safe System approach to strive to have no road fatalities or life changing injuries on its roads by 2050. Furthermore, it seeks to encourage walking and cycling as the safe and easy choice. The full report can be found here