New 20mph zones rolled out across Bath
New 20mph zones are beginning to come into force across the city.
Twerton and Southdown are the first two areas of Bath to have the reduced speed zones introduced and 20mph road signs have been put up to remind drivers.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is introducing the lower sped limits in an attempt to make roads, particularly in residential areas, safer for all road users - drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Councillor Roger Symonds, the authority's cabinet member for transport, said: “It is to make roads safer and to give communities back their roads and their outside spaces so if you live on a road you don’t have to think traffic will be going through at 30mph.”
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Mr Symonds said the initiative, which will cost the council £500,000, aimed to change both people’s driving habits and their attitudes towards roads and traffic.
He said: “The idea is to get people thinking 20mph, not thinking 30mph. It’s a cultural change because people have been dominated by traffic for so long.”
The scheme is expected to take two years to roll out across B&NES, subject to funding and the results of local consultation.
Peasedown St John is scheduled to be next to get a 20mph zone. The council is then due to consider Newbridge and Weston, and then Keynsham.
Mr Symonds said: “The intention is to go throughout the whole of the area, all residential roads. Some roads are main roads so they won’t get the 20mph but most residential roads will.
“I think we will get to all the towns Bath, Keynsham and Radstock, and if there’s a shortfall we hope to make it up.”
Alan Owen, 74, of Millmead Road, said he welcomed the new speed limit but said the scheme needed to be extended as quickly as possible.
He said: “I want to see it extended. I reckon it’s going to make the roads safer if they can enforce it. I think all of Oldfield Park should get 20mph.”