Emergency Active Travel Fund Schemes
We have been awarded £1.6 million from the first round of the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to encourage more people to walk and cycle across Kent.
The schemes are being implemented on a trial basis as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each scheme in phase 1 had to be delivered within the government’s 12 week timescale. We have designed the schemes to:
- enable more people to walk and cycle
- give people more space so that they can socially distance and feel more confident and safer when out and about
- provide a greener street scene, with more plants and trees to help to improve air quality.
We discussed the Emergency Active Travel Fund with district and borough councils and once schemes were identified we placed the notices in the scheme locations.
The schemes in the first phase of funding have been implemented and we are awaiting an announcement from government about whether we will receive further funding for additional active travel projects.
Active Travel schemes
20 mph limit zones
Highway schemes across the county, involving the introduction of pedestrianised zones and cycle lanes.
Public right of way schemes
Public right of way schemes (PROW) schemes across the county, involving the vegetation clearances and route renewals.
We will be assessing the effectiveness and impacts of each scheme in the following ways:
- using Vivacity System cameras on different parts of the road or street to observe what works well and where there are any issues that need to be fixed
- using automatic traffic surveys (rubber tubes placed across the road at each site) to provide information such as vehicle type, speeds and volume
- by conducting public opinion attitudinal surveys, where a member of KCC staff will visit each site to get face-to-face feedback from the local community and provide questionnaires to get a wide range of views about the scheme
- listening to customer feedback to understand how the schemes are affecting residents submitted on our website, on our social media channels and by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have published details of each of the schemes shown in the links above, where you will also find information about when each scheme will be reviewed and how to share your feedback with us.
The schemes have been implemented on a trial basis, with each scheme being closely monitored using the feedback we receive from you.
The 20mph zone schemes will be trialled up to 18 months before a decision is made to install permanently or remove.
The remaining highway schemes will be reviewed in October 2020 and again in December 2020.
You can give your feedback about a specific scheme by visiting the individual scheme pages, where you will also be able to find out how public feedback has helped shape these schemes.