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 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. In 2018, over 1,350 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on London’s roads.
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.
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.
 TfL (2019)