An 18-month 20 mph trial will begin in Dunbar from January 16 and will run until June 2015.
The experiment has been introduced following a period of public consultation and has resulted from proposals made by East Lothian Council and Sustaining Dunbar.
The trial area covers all roads south of the East Coast mainline west of Spott Road with the exception of Kellie Road. Speeds in this area are being recorded before, during and after the trial period to establish its effectiveness. A follow-up report will be submitted to the Council on conclusion of the trial for councillors to consider whether to make the limit permanent.
East Lothian Council’s Transport spokesman, Councillor Michael Veitch, explained: “The council administration is supportive of 20 mph zones where supported by the public. I’m delighted that the scheme in Dunbar has taken effect and hope it will be the first of many.
“East Lothian Council has been working with Sustaining Dunbar - a local development trust set up to promote sustainability - on a range of measures to promote more sustainable and safe ways of travel. The town, particularly via the schools, has seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of cycling and walking and Sustaining Dunbar has been actively engaging with the local community to promote the benefits of a 20mph limit.”
Sustaining Dunbar is a member of ‘20 is plenty for us’ - a campaign for the reduction of lower vehicle speeds nationally.
Spokesperson Morag Haddow said: “Streets where people live, work and play are not just thoroughfares for cars. Slower traffic speeds make walking and cycling more appealing, making a short trip to school or to the local shops a pleasant experience and an opportunity for gentle exercise. Sustaining Dunbar welcomes this trial in Dunbar, and hopes that 20mph limits will be rolled out to other areas before too long.”
Inspector Ian Mackay, Community Inspector for Dunbar, added: “We have worked closely with East Lothian Council and the community of Dunbar in developing this traffic regulation order as there is no doubt reducing the speed of vehicles will reduce road casualties and improve the quality of life for the local community. We will be patrolling the area and carrying out speed checks”