Vision Zero Merseyside
Outline proposals to eradicate fatal and serious injuries to Merseyside pedestrians and cyclists
The reason is the danger to children and adults from motor vehicles, which is particularly bad in Merseyside.
Are serious injuries to pedestrians and cyclist acceptable?
Around 300 Merseyside children are injured by motor vehicles each year, as pedestrians or cyclists. That is nearly one each day. Some 60 of these injuries to children are classed as serious - more than one each week. In addition, 800 adult pedestrians or cyclists are injured every year.
For children injured by dangerous dogs, gang violence, parental abuse or sexual abuse, society does not regard any number other than zero as acceptable - and yet 300 children injured by motor vehicles attracts little attention.
Many road safety professionals now argue for a Vision Zero approach - where the only acceptable number of fatalities or serious injuries is zero. This has driven the Swedish road safety programme for some time , is supported by the OECD , and is the basis of London's 2013 Safe Streets plan .
A key part of Vision Zero is a Safe System approach where it is recognised that all road users - pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers - will make mistakes from time to time, and provision is made to minimise the consequences of these mistakes.
What are the health impacts of unconstrained road dangers in Merseyside?
What are the economic effects?
Every day, as pedestrians and cyclists, we see dangers to vulnerable road users that are not being addressed. When these dangers have been reported to those in authority, responses have too often shown indifference, prevarication and inaction. Yet simple solutions exist that are far more straightforward than providing 24-hour care to just one of the pedestrians or cyclists rendered brain-damaged or paraplegic by motor vehicles.
We therefore present a range of measures that, had they been already implemented, would have avoided many deaths and much ill health. Continued inaction in the face of this epidemic on our roads can only result in further avoidable deaths and disability. We do not think that this is acceptable.
MPs and Ministers should
The Department for Transport should
The Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner should
The Association of Chief Police Officers should
Merseyside Police should
Police collision investigators and the Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service should
Merseyside councillors and council officers should
All decision-makers should
Media and motoring organisations should
Companies (including bus and taxi operators and parcel delivery services) should
Wirral Pedestrians Association and Merseyside Cycle Campaign are very willing to assist with these measures.
References and notes
 Vision Zero: Adopting a Target of Zero for Road Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2006) John Whitelegg and Gary Haq for the Stockholm Environment Institute, produced under a contract with the Department for Transport
 Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach (2008) Joint Transport Research Centre of the OECD and the International Transport Forum
 Safe Streets for London (June 2013) Transport for London
 There was a total of 211 reported serious injuries or deaths, giving a rate of 15.6 per 100,000 population. This is 58% above the national average. See http://www.travelindependent.org.uk
 Reported serious or fatal injuries to cyclists increased by 16% to a total of 85 in 2012. See http://www.travelindependent.org.uk/merseyside.html
 This proportion of 52% is considerably more than the national average of 38%.
 This includes legislation against parking on street corners, on pavements, and in bike lanes; and against mobile phone use.
|Last updated: 10 May 2017|