With three people killed or seriously injured every day on London's streets, Assembly members ‘Come Together’ for pedestrian safety

London Assembly Members Richard Tracey, Valerie Shawcross, Darren Johnson and Tom Copley on Abbey Road © Rob Taylor for RJTmedia

On average, three people every day are killed or seriously injured whilst walking the streets of London. A staggering 25 per cent of fatalities take place on pedestrian crossings - an additional 19 per cent take place within 50 metres of one.

To coincide with the release of their report ‘Feet First – Improving Pedestrian Safety in London’, the London Assembly Transport Committee has recreated the iconic Beatles album cover, Abbey Road. Assembly Members Valerie Shawcross, Darren Johnson, Richard Tracey and Tom Copley undertook the photo shoot to draw attention to the dangers pedestrians face daily.

Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Valerie Shawcross AM comments: “The photo may be viewed as a bit of a gimmick but we must do whatever we can to highlight the lack of respect for people using their feet in the capital. Road safety is an issue for all road users and the pedestrian has been forgotten in recent years. The Committee wants to remind everyone that pedestrians have just as much right to feel safe and protected, as cyclists and motorists.”

The report makes eight recommendations to the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) about the steps required to address the increase in pedestrian deaths and serious injuries:

  • Adopt a Vision Zero approach to eliminating road death and injury,
  • Appoint a senior representative to champion walking (a similar role to that of Andrew Gilligan for cycling),
  • Use an assumed walking speed of 0.8 metres per second to calculate minimum crossing times and audit sites where Green Man times have changed,
  • Provide monthly data on pedestrian deaths and serious injuries,
  • Develop plans to improve 24 pedestrian collision hotspots by October 2014,
  • Publish a timescale for implementing 20mph speed limits,
  • Improve the safety record of large vehicles,
  • Ensure road crime is included in Met crime statistics.

“It’s time to redress the balance and place equal safety emphasis on pedestrians,” says Valerie Shawcross. “The investment and effort for cycling in London is well received – but now it’s time to do the same for pedestrians. It is not right that pedestrian deaths and injuries are treated as acceptable – they’re not and urgent steps are needed to stop the rise in its tracks. If an average of three people per day were killed or seriously injured on the buses, there would be an uproar.”

Following a decade of progress in reducing the number of pedestrians killed or injured, casualty numbers began rising again in 2011. The most recent data available from TfL is from 2012 - see www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/road-safety

Over six million journeys are made on foot in London every day and millions of people take to the streets as part of longer journeys made by bus or Tube.

Download the report: Feet First – Improving Pedestrian Safety in London

More about the London Assembly at www.london.gov.uk/assembly

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