London Mayoral candidates are being urged to prioritise walking to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities and improve air quality in A Manifesto for Walking, released today (3 February) by UK walking charity, Living Streets.

A quarter[1] of all trips in London are made by people on foot and yet they account for over half (53%) of on street fatalities and 35 per cent of serious injuries[2]. In 2018, over 1,350 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on London’s roads[3].

Meanwhile, 9,400 premature deaths per year in London are attributable to air pollution[4] and almost 40% of Londoners do not meet recommended physical activity levels[5].

 

Living Streets believes a better walking environment can be part of the solution. A Manifesto for Walking calls on the next Mayor of London to implement a series of measures to prioritise walking, including increasing the cost of driving to reflect its real impact on all Londoners; transforming routes to school so they are safer, cleaner and less congested; and improving crossings and junctions to ensure there is a pedestrian crossing at every signalised junction.

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets says:

“London is in the midst of climate, air pollution, public health and road safety crises. Reducing car dominance and making walking the easiest and safest option for everyday journeys is a key part of the solution."

Walking is often overlooked – as is the number of people who lose their lives whilst walking in our city. It’s time this changed and that measures which protect people walking were prioritised.

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets

Living Streets is urging voters to add their voice by writing to the London Mayoral election candidates and asking them to prioritise walking livingstreets.org.uk/London 

London: A Manifesto for Walking (PDF)

We are calling on the next Mayor of London to ensure that:

People on foot feel relaxed and safe – create a new Low Traffic Neighbourhood Fund so they become the default for residential areas across London;

People can cross the road safely – improve our crossings and junctions, making sure there is a pedestrian crossing at every signalised junction;

The climate emergency is prioritised and people can breathe clean air – reduce car, van and private hire vehicle and taxi journeys by an accelerated rate of 20% through a mixture of improvements to ensure people can access public transport on foot, and increases in the cost of driving to reflect its real impact on all Londoners;

Families choose to walk to school – transform routes to school so they are safer, cleaner and less congested;

People feel that walking is an easy option support the creation of a Central London Walking Network with easy, attractive and low pollution routes and extend this to other town centres across the Capital. Support boroughs moving to car-free areas.

[1] http://content.tfl.gov.uk/travel-in-london-report-11.pdf

[2] https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/road-safety

[3] TfL (2019)

[4] https://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/General/research.aspx

[5] https://londonsport.org/physical-activity-stable-london-2018/