Working together for a safer London

The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has written a letter to its 33 member authorities, outlining how they all have a part to play in delivering a safer London.

The LRSC is a long-established charity that has been helping to make the Capital’s roads safer since 1917.

Over the past year, the LRSC has been working under the leadership of its president, Nicola Christie – who is professor of transport safety at the UCL’s Centre for Transport Studies – to develop a Challenge Statement.

The statement aims to ensure the LRSC remains focused and relevant in its campaigning to improve safety on London’s roads.

This is achieved by:

  • Providing members with awareness and knowledge on emerging road safety issues and evidence about how to deal with them
  • Supporting practitioners in gaining the data they need to target their resources where needed most
  • Providing a forum to share good practice on what works for who
  • Developing dialogues with key stakeholders to make the case for safety and share approaches and resources

To meet the challenges set out by the statement, the LRSC has carried out a number of projects, including research with Trust for London to explore the relationship between deprivation and the area in which road collisions occur.

The analysis found that people living and working in London’s most deprived neighbourhoods are twice as likely to be injured in a road traffic collision than the least deprived areas

The letter encourages member authorities to support the aspirations of the LRSC – to make ‘a safer capital city for us all’.

The letter reads: “The London boroughs all have a part to play in delivering a safer London. Boroughs have played a major role during the pandemic to deliver streetscape changes and Schools Streets.

“This is a major achievement and has helped transform the city to support walking and cycling and social distancing.

“This has given us a glimpse of how the city can be safer and cleaner for people walking and cycling. It shows the value of creating a city where there is space dedicated to reducing the dominance of vehicles and supporting active travel.”

12 August 2021