We have published a progress report which outlines achievements from the past three years and commits to new tougher measures to ensure that it meets its Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury from London’s roads.
By 2019, London reduced the number of people being killed or seriously injured by 39 per cent against the 2005-09 baseline. In 2020, under pandemic road conditions, this reduction reached 52 per cent.
Despite the decreases, 96 people were killed and 2,974 people suffered serious injuries on the capital’s roads in 2020. Continued action is needed to achieve our Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury from London’s streets. This is why we are redoubling efforts and outlining further measures to achieve this goal.
Key new measures announced include:
- Accelerating the roll-out of the 20mph speed limit programme on TfL roads so that by 2024, 220km of TfL roads will have a 20mph speed limit. More information about the Lowering Speed limits programme can be found here: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/lowering-speed-limits
Delivering a significant increase in speed enforcement undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to tackle the risk and harm caused by speeding. This will be done by increasing MPS capacity to enforce up to one million offences by 2024/25, introducing new technology to improve effectiveness of enforcement and rolling out new powers to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) so that they can stop speeding vehicles and take enforcement action against drivers
- Improving street safety for people motorcycling.
- Publishing analysis showing how deprived communities and some ethnic groups suffer disproportionate road injuries
Tackling road danger is integral to a Healthy Streets approach. By making streets more people-friendly, accessible and attractive, TfL will create streets where people can enjoy making healthy lifestyle choices, reduce carbon emissions and help to clean up London’s air.
Key achievements since the plan was first launched in 2018 include the roll-out of the world-first Direct Vision Standard, introduced to reduce lethal blind spots on lorries, the delivery of 260km of safer, high-quality cycle routes and 100 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, the improvement of 43 dangerous junctions, and the introduction of 322 School Streets, where roads are closed to traffic at certain times to encourage more children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. TfL’s world-leading Bus Safety Standard is achieving the greatest reduction in people killed or seriously injured per journey of any mode on the roads, with 77 per cent fewer people killed or seriously injured on, or by, a bus by the end of 2020 than in 2005-09.
All of these measures have delivered good progress as London has become safer for people walking and cycling in the past 10 to 15 years. Action on road safety has also made London’s streets progressively safer for children, with the number of under-16s killed or seriously injured on London’s roads 65 per cent lower in 2019 than in 2005-09.
Working together, we can take action with steps including:
- Committing to Vision Zero
- Lowering speed limits to 20mph
- Reducing traffic on local streets for safer, greener roads with cleaner air to protect children and people walking and cycling
- Designing streets with safety in mind, to help everyone get around the roads safely and make active travel attractive
- Promoting and encourage ways to travel which pose less risk to other people on the roads
- Leading by example in committing to eliminating casualties on our streets, through own supply chains and fleets
The Vision Zero action plan progress report can be found here: tfl.gov.uk/vision-zero-action-plan-progress-report-2021.pdf
|Elinor Thomas | Engagement Officer|
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