President's Challenge Statement (June 2020)

Road safety challenges for London in a changing society

Professor Nicola Christie, president of the London Road Safety Council

Key points: 
  • People walking, cycling and using motorcycles in London are over-represented in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on London's roads, accounting for 79% of 2018's KSI casualties.
  • Lack of effective regulation in ride hailing cabs and food delivery services and the business models being used is putting drivers and riders in this sector at risk.
  • Children from poorer families in London are at much greater risk as pedestrians that those from more affluent families.
  • Road safety education and enforcement have both reduced over the last 10 years of austerity measures and road casualty reductions have flatlined - coincidence?
  • London is being gripped by rising levels of obesity and downward levels of mental health and wellbeing.  Active travel can improve both of these - but how do we get more people walking and cycling?

 

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