Green Transition Crowborough supports 20mph speed limits on the town’s roads as a means of encouraging ‘active travel’ (eg walking & cycling) and reducing carbon emissions.
To obtain 20mph on community roads in Crowborough, we need to put our case to the highway authority, East Sussex County Council.
We have already secured the support of Crowborough Town Council – it is now council policy to have a 20mph limit on roads within the town boundary, except for 30mph on the A26.
At the town’s Summer Fair on 15th July, we will be launching a petition to ESCC requesting the introduction of 20mph limits.
Crowborough is the only town in the area without 20mph limits. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to reduce speed limits in urban areas to 20mph. This is being done in an effort to improve road safety and make streets more liveable for pedestrians, cyclists, and children.
There is a strong body of evidence to support the benefits of 20mph speed limits. Studies have shown that reducing speed limits can lead to a significant decrease in traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths. F or example, a London study found that a 20mph speed limit was associated with a 31% reduction in pedestrian fatalities.
In addition to improving road safety, 20mph speed limits can also make streets more liveable. When cars are traveling at slower speeds, it is easier for people to cross the street and walk around. This can make streets feel more welcoming and inviting, and it can encourage people to walk, bike, or take public transportation instead of driving.
Here are the key benefits of 20mph speed limits:
- They can reduce carbon emissions
- They can encourage active travel
- They can reduce noise pollution
- They can improve air quality
- They can help to reduce traffic congestion and improve flow
- They can make streets more attractive and inviting
- They can help to create a greater sense of community
Click for more information on the 20’s Plenty movement.