Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain: Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2008-2009 - HC Session 2008-20 (Paperback)National Audit Office (NAO) (author)
Paperback 52 Pages / Published: 08/05/2009
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This report, "Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain (HC 437)", highlights the fall in the number of deaths among both pedestrians and cyclists since the mid-1990s. More remains to be done to improve their safety, however, and Great Britain remains some way behind some of the better performing nations, particularly for child pedestrians. The findings and recommendations of the National Audit Office include: the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured fell from 2000 to 2004, but rose again by 11 per cent from 2004 to 2007, despite the amount of cycling staying broadly constant; the Department for Transport's (the Department) budget for its own road safety activities in 2008-9 was GBP 36 million, but this is not directed at specific road users and many other bodies contribute to road safety, making it difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Department's specific contribution; and, the Department's measures to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries amongst pedestrians and cyclists include a general strategy for road safety which has provided a focus for other organisations working in this field - it has also developed media campaigns - under the Think! Campaign - to change the beliefs and attitudes of road users. The findings and recommendations of the National Audit Office also include: the Department is on track to meet the targets in its Road Safety Strategy for 2010 but the underlying picture is complex - there is a slower rate of decline in fatalities (18 per cent) than serious injuries (37 per cent) compared with the average between 1994 and 1998; to increase transparency, the Department should set separate targets for those killed and seriously injured and for different road user groups; and, relationships with other road safety organisations should be managed strategically.
Number of pages: 52
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