TfL Opens Pedestrian Safety Consultation


Transport for London has opened a consultation on its plans to improve safety for pedestrians. As we saw recently, pedestrians made up 51% of all road fatalities in 2012; 1,123 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured (KSI) in that year alone. The number of pedestrian KSIs has been creeping up since 2010 after five years of KSI reductions, and TfL wants to bring those numbers down again — to 40% by 2020, from a baseline of 2005-2009.

This isn’t going to be easy. So many factors beyond TfL’s control can play a part in pedestrian collisions: drink or drugs, drivers using mobile phones or speeding and dangerous HGVs are just a few. A new draft Pedestrian Safety Action Plan looks at things TfL can change, including:

  • more use of countdown timers at pedestrian crossings
  • trials of SCOOT technology, which senses how many people are waiting to cross and adjusts green man time accordingly
  • trials of two 20mph zones in central London, across Blackfriars and London Bridges
  • fitting buses with sensors that detect pedestrians and cyclists
  • upgrading and installing more cameras to discourage speeding by vehicles
  • using data analysis to better target police activity like Operation Safeway
  • road safety education programmes for schoolchildren.

The plan also notes areas outside of TfL’s direct influence where it can lobby, like police and court procedures, as well as bus and HGV design.

The consultation runs until 9 May and you’ll need to read the draft Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (it can be downloaded from the consultation website) as the only feedback option is a free text box.

Update: the London Assembly has also released a report making eight recommendations for improving pedestrian safety, including appointing a ‘pedestrian champion’ to the TfL board, review green man crossing times and publishing more data more often on road safety. The Assembly also wants fast action on collision hotspots and 20mph speed limits. You can read more and download the report on the GLA website.


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  • Ken Whistance

    How about something being done about cyclists using pavements – which are for pedestrians???

    • andybrice

      See @RachelHoldsworth:disqus’s comment above, it’s annoying but hardly ever dangerous.

  • Sanj1699

    Please stop cyclists riding dangerously- especially on the Cycle Highways. All the money invested in cycle routes, and the obviously pro-cycling attitude (‘turn a blind eye’) from Met Police, have led to cyclists having incredibly arrogrant and wreckless behaviour.

    • Jonn Elledge

      You do realise that the cycle highways are where they’re *supposed* to be, right?

      • george

        that don’t give you the right to ride like an idiot, like fast cars on a normal road.

        • Jonn Elledge

          I’m really confused as to what “riding like an idiot” involves here. Cycling fast? Well yes, that’s what it’s for.

  • Rachel Holdsworth

    OK, hang on, let’s get this cyclist thing into perspective. A quick Google threw up this BBC article from 2011 with stats on all pedestrian deaths in all the UK from 2001-2009. 18 pedestrians – in the whole country – were killed by cyclists in those 8 years. 3,495 were killed by cars. (The article doesn’t say if that includes buses and HGVs or whether there’s another figure somewhere that has even more deaths in it.) I don’t think setting different road users at war with each other is helpful in any way – but if you REALLY want to, I think gunning for cyclists may be picking on the wrong enemy…

    • Dave H

      Yeah. As an avid central London pedestrian (if there is such a thing), I’d say that the vast majority of undesirable cyclist-pedestrian interactions would fall into the category of ‘annoying’ rather than ‘dangerous’.

      Sure, it can be insanely infuriating to be sworn at by a cyclist who ploughs through a crowded pavement (or a red light while people are crossing the road), but in the literally hundreds of times I’ve seen it happen, I’ve never yet seen anyone get hurt as a result.

      Conversely I have seen several collisions between pedestrians and motorised vehicles, and they have almost always worked out quite badly for the pedestrian.

  • Dave Pearce

    Another comment about the two wheeled pest. There needs to be more law enforcement to keep these idiots off the pavements.
    We have more than enough cycle lanes, maybe cyclist could start using them, making it safer for us, and shut up winging about drivers and look closer to home.

  • Squiz

    i think countdown timers just encourage me to dash across recklessly to beat the clock. which is obviously a stupid and careless thing to do.

  • Andrea Casalotti

    Here is my Manifesto if chosen as next Pedestrian Commissioner:

  • Pedestrian01

    How about mandatory road skills for cyclists? This may come as a surprise to our brave cycling population but there are times when pedestrians have ‘right of way’, for instance when stepping onto a zebra crossing. Being pumped on andrenaline for your cycling journey across London is not the best state to be in. Calm down when in charge of a road vehicle!