When we wrote yesterday about pedestrian casualties, we didn’t expect to be reporting so soon on three pedestrian deaths in London.
On Friday afternoon, around 2.20pm, two men thought to be in their 60s died after being hit by a double decker bus in Romford. Less than 90 minutes later a woman in Roehampton died after being hit by a lorry. Both drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
As we pointed out yesterday, pedestrians account for 51% of all fatalities (PDF) and 37% of serious injuries on our roads – and, shockingly, you are more likely to be knocked down on a pedestrian crossing than off one. In 2012, 69 pedestrians were killed and 1,054 seriously injured (14 cyclists died and 657 seriously injured). It’s also worth noting that Friday’s deaths involved large vehicles in the same way as the recent series of cycling deaths.
- 134 Fatally Injured On London’s Roads In 2012
- Won’t Somebody Think Of The Pedestrians?
- Fifth Cyclist Dies On London’s Roads In Nine Days
- If We Talked About All Road Users The Way We Talk About Cyclists
Photo by Andrew Watt from the Londonist Flickr pool