Transport for London (TfL) has seen its work to improve the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists across the Capital recognised with a prestigious international award.
Representatives of TfL’s ‘Safe Streets for London’ team (pictured) received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award at the annual awards’ ceremony at the Savoy in London on 13 December.
The Prince Michael Awards, organised and managed by RoadSafe, recognise outstanding road safety achievement and innovation worldwide.
Analysis of police collision and travel demand data led TfL to put in place a range of initiatives which contributed to a 3% reduction in the number of killed and seriously injured casualties on London’s streets in 2015 – to its lowest ever level (2,092).
Projects included the launch of the Safer Lorry Scheme, the installation of special sensors at pedestrian crossings which adjust crossing times when large groups of people are detected, as well as the trialling of 20mph limits and average speed cameras on key routes.
TfL is now working to deliver plans to remove the most dangerous heavy goods vehicles from the Capital’s roads by 2020 through the ‘Direct Vision Standard’.
Leon Daniels*, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, said: “We are delighted to receive this award which recognises the hard work our teams have put in to reduce casualties on London’s roads.
However any death or serious injury is a tragedy, and our priority is to eradicate such incidents. Last year saw the lowest level since records began, but there is much more to be done.
“We are working to reduce collisions involving all road users by creating more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets, making walking and cycling safer, working with London boroughs to introduce more 20mph limits, looking to remove the most dangerous heavy goods vehicles from the Capital’s roads by 2020 and continuing our road safety education and enforcement programmes.”
Adrian Walsh, director of the Prince Michael Awards, said: “The judges thought it was a first class programme of action, well planned, adequately funded and well organised with promising results.”
*Leon Daniels will deliver the opening keynote address, ‘Sources of Road Danger’, at the London Road Safety Council’s centenary conference in January 2017. Click here to find out more.
16 December 2016