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Child pedestrian safety is poor in the UK

  • High death rate

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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to look on and do nothing" *

The treatment of pedestrians in the UK is a scandal

Walking is inherently a safe mode of transport - it was how people evolved to travel, even large distances

and safe freedom of movement is a basic human right more.

So walking on streets and roads should be a safe activity.

But the way in which motor vehicles have been allowed on to streets, travelling at lethal speeds, with priority often given to them, has made walking dangerous and unpleasant. It's a scandal.

The pavement parking scandal

Parking on a pavement is illegal since it is illegal to drive on a footway - see here.

But the laws have been poorly enforced, and the DfT changed the Highway Code for no good reason in 2007, causing much confusion and increasing the danger to pedestrians - see here.

The DfT has ignored recommendations in the 2019 House of Commons Transport Committee report for an awareness campaign to educate drivers that pavement parking is illegal - see here.

and the DfT started a consultation in August 2020 (ending November 2020) with an incorrect summary of the law - see here.

It appears that the DfT hopes to legalise pavement parking for many classes of vehicles including delivery vehicles, while pretending that it is helping pedestrians.

The situation is not helped by the campaign of the Government-funded charity Living Streets "to ban pavement parking", implying that it is currently legal.

The action of the DfT is a scandal and decent people should not tolerate it.

Why are UK roads particularly dangerous for pedestrians?

There's much evidence of maladministration and neglect by those responsible for pedestrian safety - i.e. Government ministers, MPs, councillors, national and local government officials, police officers and others.
They are failing to safeguard children and other vulnerable people.

It shouldn't be necessary to campaign for pedestrian safety - it is not the pedestrians who create the danger on roads.

But pleas from pedestrians to tackle the danger from motor vehicles have been largely ignored for decades.

According to Nelson Mandela, it is the oppressor who defines the nature of a struggle. Little has come from merely asking for safer roads for pedestrians, so a more assertive approach is necessary.

* After John Stuart Mill (1867)

The Climate Emergency
and pedestrian safety

Global warming needs to be limited to 1.5 deg.C.

The UK's CO2 budget will run out within a few years, much faster than most people realise.

Pedestrian safety needs to be made a very high priority so that use of fossil fuels can drop rapidly.

A useful resource for campaigners is the reports from the Tyndall Climate Centre showing how quickly emissions must fall for each local authority - typically well over 10% per year.

UK streets are not safe
for walking

Some areas are four times
as bad as others

Example of poor practice