Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain

HC 665, Forty-ninth Report of Session 2008-09 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Public Accounts Committee
TSO (The Stationery Office)

This report, 'Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain (HC 665)', finds that Great Britain is one of the safest countries in the world in terms of road deaths and the Department for Transport (the Department) is on track to achieve its overall road safety targets for 2010. It is unacceptable though that when compared internationally, Great Britain's record on pedestrian and particularly child pedestrian deaths per head of population is some way behind the best.

Pedestrians and pedal cyclists (cyclists) are among the most vulnerable road users. They have little or no physical protection and have a higher rate of fatality per distance travelled than for any other mode of transport except for motorcyclists.

In 2007, over 30,000 pedestrians and 16,000 cyclists were injured, with 646 pedestrians and 136 cyclists killed. Deaths and serious injuries among cyclists have fallen overall since the mid 1990s, but they have risen by 11 per cent since 2004 despite little change in the amount of cycling.

The Department leads the promotion of road safety with a budget of 36 million in 2008-09, although most of the measures to improve road safety are carried out by local highway authorities with whom it must work closely. The Department uses data collected by the police to measure its performance on road safety but research suggests that serious injuries are under-recorded. To clarify this, the Department is taking steps to match hospital data with the police data.

Extent 36 pages ISBN 9780215541277
Size A4 Price £10.00
Format Paperback Published 22 Oct 2009
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