Sir Chris Whitty the guest as LRSC stages 106th AGM

Active travel is one of the most powerful ways to improve people’s health – but it must be safe for people of all ages.

That was the assessment of Professor Sir Chris Whitty, chief medical officer (CMO) for England, speaking at the London Road Safety Council’s AGM on 30 June.

Speaking to attendees, Professor Sir Whitty – who is also a member of Active Travel England’s advisory panel – outlined that while more people are choosing to walk and cycle, safety concerns remain a barrier to increasing levels further.

From a health perspective, he expressed the importance of getting people who do a little bit of exercise to do more – as opposed to those who already do lots of exercise.

He also touched upon the fact that the risks of air pollution are down – but there is still a way to go to achieve safe levels.

Professor Sir Whitty was joined on the agenda by Sarah Bell – traffic commissioner for London & South East.

Sarah’s presentation looks at regulating transport for safer roads, noting that the commercial vehicle industry is highly regulated – and that high standards are expected of operations.

Attendees also heard from Professor Nicola Christie, the London Road Safety Council’s president, and received a report from TfL outlining its priorities for the coming year.

The London Road Safety Council also received nominations and voted for its officers/management team for the coming year. These will be formally announced in due course.

12 July 2023