The results of the Reported road casualties Great Britain data released by the Department for Transport today (30 September 2021) show that road casualties fell significantly during the lockdown months.  

During the first lockdown in April 2020, casualties of all road users fell by 68 per cent, and pedestrian casualties by 78 per cent, as motor traffic fell by 63 per cent.  

4,611 pedestrians, including 974 children, were killed or seriously injured (KSI) in Britain in 2020, down from 6,839 (including 1,414 children) in 2019. 

Little boy cycling and man walking

Image (c) Crispin Hughes

Stephen Edwards, Interim CEO, Living Streets comments: 

“This data confirms that quieter streets are safer streets. Last year, we all drove less, with many of us walking or cycling our shorter journeys instead. This change not only helped us stay healthy and connected to our local communities, but it also saved lives.  

“The Government needs to prioritise funding for walking and cycling in the upcoming spending review so that we can continue to enjoy the benefits of quieter and safer streets.”