Walking along streets is not safe
Walking safely is a basic human right since the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights guarantees that "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person" (Article 3), and that "Everyone has the right to freedom of movement " (Article 13) (see here).
But walking along streets and roads is often not safe or pleasant due to the presence of motor vehicles, traveling at lethal speeds.
Assessment of pedestrian safety
The safety of pedestrians can be assessed by a number of methods including the following:
Recorded road casualty rates for different ways of traveling
DfT: Passenger casualty rates per km for different modes of travel
The bar chart plots DfT figures for risks per km taken from table (RAS53) of the DfT annual report - available from https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras53-modal-comparisons - or from here.
So, on average, walking is the second most dangerous mode of travel, second only to travel by motorbike.
|Last updated: 10 Jul 2015|