Monday, 30 September 2013

Maidstone: the most dangerous place to walk or cycle in Kent

1st October 2013
A decision to be made by Kent County Council on Thursday could start to make 20mph limits a reality in Maidstone and Kent [1]. Maidstone Greens have been campaigning to make Maidstone's residential streets 20mph across the borough for many years. 20mph for residential street have recently been introduced or agreed for Brighton, Birmingham and the City of London, whereas Maidstone has a few 'zones' but no blanket limit.

Latest statistics show that the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in Kent rose by 29% last year, cyclists rose by 18% and overall the number killed and seriously injured rose by 1% in contrast to a national fall of 4% [2]. Maidstone had the highest number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured of anywhere in Kent [3].

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "I have my fingers crossed for the decision on Thursday. Kent is in the dark ages when it comes to road safety and Maidstone suffers with the worst record for road safety in Kent for non-car users.

"Reducing speed by 1 mph leads to a 6% fall in accidents - slowing down traffic is a simple and effective measure to improve road safety, so with 524 people killed or seriously injured on our roads last year, why has KCC failed to take action?

"Maidstone had the highest number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured of anywhere in Kent. The council should be encouraging people to get out of their cars to walk or cycle, not making Maidstone the most dangerous place in Kent. KCC needs to take action urgently."

1. https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=4911
2. https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/roads-and-transport/road-safety/Review%20of%20personal%20injury%20crashes%20occurring%20on%20Kent%20%20Roads%20i.pdf
3. Pedestrians = 16 KSI (see page 40); Cyclists =10 (page 43)

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