Safer Streets

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Tunbridge Wells will have safer, more attractive streets where people can choose to walk or cycle, and vulnerable road users are protected

Kent's roads are among the most dangerous in the country. This is unacceptable.


In Tunbridge Wells, we have chronic congestion and heavy goods vehicles on our arterial routes, which serve a number of schools. More needs to be done to encourage people to make short journeys by foot, bicycle or public transport - in the UK, 60% of car journeys are under 5 miles, a distance that, other than for those with disabilities, can be easily made by other means. 

 

 

Lobby for 20mph zones in residential areas and expand existing 20mph zones

This is a cost-effective, more uniform method of slowing traffic, and making roads more pleasant, improving air quality and reducing road deaths, injuries and noise. Work with volunteer groups such as Community Speedwatch, and local police, to ensure 20mph is enforced.

Encourage school children to walk or cycle

Work with schools to ensure sufficient bicycle parking, and that parents are discouraged from dangerous driving & parking near school. Work with KCC to create more 'School Streets' initiatives. Lobby for affordable bus passes for young people. Promote 'walking buses' for school children.

Design roads for people, not just for cars Bid for funding for high-quality, segregated cycling infrastructure. Look at options for low-traffic neighbourhoods, and removing rat-running from residential areas. Ensure people are paramount in road design, and that road infrastructure discourages speeding. Use the near-miss register to identify potential accident hotspots.
Safe walking options

Protect rights of way. Discourage problematic pavement parking by looking at restrictions where necessary. Remove HGVs from residential areas.

Make public transport a realistic choice

The cost of public transport is an increasing barrier to its use, pushing people into using cars. Unless this is addressed, most existing bus services will cease to operate. Look at options for smaller vehicles, and more flexible, on-demand bus services, making the most of new technology. Look at the feasibility of the provision of bus services by a municipal bus company.

Reduce congestion

The combination of these measures above will reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads. This will have a positive impact on congestion, meaning those who need to make journeys by car will spend less time in traffic.