30 June 2011

Road Casualties at All Time Low!

Sorry folks, this one gets my goat.

Figures released today for 2010 show that the number of fatalities on UK roads have dropped to their lowest since records began. But before we go patting our collective selves on the back, that's still a whopping 22,660 deaths and serious injuries, 2,502 of them children. And that's before counting deaths from related illnesses such as respiratory disease and the really big killer: the effects of sedentary lifestyles.

Dr Ian Roberts sheds some light on the situation below...

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  1. ...and before counting the devastating impact that too many cars travelling too fast have on our community life and social networks, and children not being able to play safely outside their home etc. Various studies

    eg http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-04-how-automobiles-make-our-streets-less-livable-video

    have shown that people living in streets with low and slow vehicle movements have greater numbers of connections and interactions with neighbours in their street on both sides of the road with all the benefits this brings - more friends*, more contented, feeling safer etc. *http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news/uk/-/driven-to-excess