The numbers of pedestrians killed in road accidents in Great Britain has increased slightly overall since 2010 (from 405 in 2010 to 448 in 2016). However, there has been some fluctuation in the number of pedestrians killed in the intervening years (for example, in 2013 the number killed was lower than in 2010 at 398).
Earlier this year, the Department extended the cycle safety review to consider ways to improve pedestrian safety. Officials are currently analysing responses to the call for evidence, seeking views on ways to make walking and cycling safer while supporting the Government’s ambition to increase take up and use.
In June the Government announced its intention to deliver a more strategic approach to preventing deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The Department has a two-year action plan to address four priority user groups, including young people and older more vulnerable road users, who are at greater risk of being injured as a pedestrian compared to other age groups.
The refreshed statement will be informed by early lessons from the new road collision investigation pilot - a £480,000 partnership between police forces and the RAC Foundation to trial an innovative approach to road collision investigation, carrying out more in-depth, qualitative analysis of the underlying causes of road safety incidents in order to get a better understanding of what is really causing collisions on UK roads.