Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets comments:
“Although the overall number of casualties and fatalities is an improvement on last year, these figures are still incredibly upsetting. Every casualty is a personal story of injury, fear and sometimes grief.
“It’s extremely concerning to see increases in pedestrian fatalities amongst the youngest and oldest members of our communities.
“Designing streets which are safe for nine-year olds and 90-year olds - with 20mph speed limits, streets free from parked cars and investment in effective behaviour change programmes – will make them safe for everyone and encourage more people to choose this cleaner and healthier way to travel.
“Investing in safe, convenient and attractive conditions for walking brings a range of benefits that will help deliver the Government’s priorities around air quality, public health and road safety. To achieve this, the Government has to commit to funding significant improvements for walking in the upcoming Spending Review.”
- 1,782 reported road fatalities (all users) in 2018, down 1% on 2017 when there were 1,793 fatalities;
- 454 pedestrian fatalities in 2018;
- 160,378 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents in 2018, 6% lower than in 2017 and the lowest level on record. Pedestrians accounted for 14% of all casualties;
- 586 over 60s died on Britain’s roads in 2018, up 5% on 2017 when 559 died;
- More than half (58%) of children killed on our roads in 2018 were pedestrians, up from 37% in 2017.
- Regional breakdowns of road casualty figures are available from the Department for Transport and accessible here.