Britain has the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe.
(EU European Road Safety Observatory)
More than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits.
(Transport Statistics for Great Britain)
Reducing the speed limit to 20mph could lessen casualties by up to 40% - at this speed, only one in 40 pedestrians is killed in a crash.
(Study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2009)
Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe, and
British parents consistently cite traffic speed as the main reason why their children are
not allowed to cycle or walk to school.
In its recent White Paper on road safety (A Safer Way) the DfT made particular reference to the casualties for children, pedestrians and those in deprived areas where the UK was falling behind other countries.
Based on the child road deaths per head of population, shockingly, Britain was 17th in the world behind Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Australia and USA.
For more information on road fatality statistics, please visit the national "20's Plenty for us" website
www.20splentyforus.org.uk or for more specific information on Greater London Roads, visit
Facts & Figures