Faversham 20mph limit
A new town-wide 20mph limit in Faversham has been created as part of plans to increase walking and cycling. This scheme is one of various active travel initiatives to encourage more cycling and walking in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes around town included 20mph road markings and signs as well as signed 20mph ‘gateways’ as you drive in. These have either a buff or red surface to highlight the start of the new speed limit. We also installed planters to enhance some of the 20mph zone entrances.
There will be no other traffic calming measures such as speed bumps. However, throughout the trial period we monitored the effectiveness of the scheme and listened to your feedback, which means further measures may be taken to make it safer to walk and cycle.
We worked with Faversham Town Council and its 20's Plenty committee on this scheme.
There are studies that show 20mph schemes encourage active travel, increasing walking and cycling levels by about a fifth because they feel safer.
More walking and cycling can help:
- improve health
- save money
- reduce traffic congestion
- increase levels of physical activity
- improve air quality.
Lower speeds give drivers and others more time to react.
By travelling at 20mph instead of 30mph, pedestrians and cyclists are five times more likely to survive a hit by a motorised vehicle. With a reduction of just 1mph, this can reduce casualties by an average of 6%.
Whether you are driving, walking or cycling around the town read safety information for all road users via the Kent Road Safety website.
All signs and road markings have been installed within the trial area.
Planters have been placed at the side of the road at The Mall, Bysing Wood Road, The Street and Whitstable Road. These have been planted and will be maintained by us. The planter gateway features the highlighted entry point to the 20mph limit zone and takes the place of formal build outs.
The consultation closed on 3 March 2021. Responses will be analysed and a consultation report produced. This will be published on our website.
The trial remains in operation whilst we complete other monitoring and evaluation work.
The trial will run for a minimum period of 12 months (until 30 July 2021) but can run for up to 18 months (until January 2022). However, we aim to communicate the outcome of the trial by October 2021.
In addition to consultations responses, data from the following activities will help inform our decision:
- attitudinal surveys - carried out face-to-face with a representative sample before and towards the end of the trial
- average speed surveys
- crash statistics
- engagement with district council partners and statutory consultees, including emergency services.
- Equality Impact Assessments
- findings from Faversham Town Council’s engagement platform
- pedestrian and cycle counts - carried out before and towards the end of the trial
- use of existing air quality stations - any changes in air quality will have to be understood over a longer period than 12 months.
A public report will be produced presenting the findings from these activities. These findings will be shared and discussed with Faversham Town Council and Swale Borough Council.