Scottish Borders Council has announced its intention to make 20mph the default speed limit across towns and villages in the region, following evaluation of a year-long trial.
The trial 20mph limit was initially introduced to more than 90 settlements in October 2020 in a bid to encourage more walking and cycling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was run in conjunction with Transport Scotland and Sustrans, with input from experts from Edinburgh Napier University, who carried out an independent evaluation from 125 survey sites over 97 towns and villages.
They found vehicle speeds have reduced in almost all locations, in some instances by 6mph, with an average reduction closer to 3mph.
As well as feedback from 8,000 members of the public, the council sought the views of community councils to the trial and have worked with Police Scotland and Transport Scotland on recommendations.
Taking into account feedback and data, Scottish Borders council is recommending that 20mph will be the default limit across towns and villages.
Councillors will discuss the subject on Thursday 16 December.
Cllr Gordon Edgar, executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “The introduction of a 20mph speed limit across our towns and villages was a bold step but we felt it was important to give it a try and see what benefits it would bring.
“By working with Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute on this project, we were able to get a completely independent evaluation of the trial’s effectiveness. The fact their data shows a reduction in speeds across the Borders is really encouraging news.
“I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the public consultation, providing really valuable local insight and opinions. The responses were varied but it was clear that many people noted the value of a 20mph limit especially in residential areas and near schools.
“Councillors will now discuss and vote on this proposal on Thursday and I hope they can support the permanent introduction of 20mph, making our towns and villages safer for all for years to come.”