Council aims to change driving culture
According to Bath and North East Somerset Council, the aim of the new 20mph zones is to create a culture where driving too fast in residential streets is unacceptable.
The authority hopes by introducing 20mph speed limits, attitudes towards driving in residential areas will change.
The council also hopes slowing traffic down will encourage more people to get out and about in their neighbourhoods, and get more people walking and cycling.
In Bristol a 20mph pilot, which covered 500 roads, saw an increase in walkers of up to 36 per cent and a reduction in average traffic speeds.
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In Bath the new 20mph will be enforced by signs only, with no planned police enforcement. The scheme will take two years to roll out and priority will be given to large residential areas.
Informal consultation undertaken on the first 20mph speed limit area proposed in Southdown and Twerton showed that 68 per cent of residents were in favour of the proposals.