Assembly members ‘Come Together’ for pedestrian safety

01 April 2014

On average, 3 people every day are killed or seriously injured whilst walking the streets of London. A staggering 25 per cent of fatalities take place on pedestrian crossings - an additional 19 per cent take place within 50 metres of one.

To coincide with the release of their report ‘Feet First – Improving Pedestrian Safety in London’, the London Assembly Transport Committee has recreated the iconic Beatles album cover, Abbey Road. Assembly Members Valerie Shawcross, Darren Johnson, Richard Tracey and Tom Copley undertook the photo shoot to draw attention to the dangers pedestrians face daily.[1]

Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Valerie Shawcross AM said;

“The photo may be viewed as a bit of a gimmick but we must do whatever we can to highlight the lack of respect for people using their feet in the capital. Road safety is an issue for all road users and the pedestrian has been forgotten in recent years. The Committee wants to remind everyone that pedestrians have just as much right to feel safe and protected, as cyclists and motorists.”

The report makes eight recommendations to the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) about the steps required to address the increase in pedestrian deaths and serious injuries.

 

Notes to editors

1. Assembly Transport Committee Abbey Road photo

2. London Assembly Transport Committee

3. Valerie Shawcross AM, Chair of the Transport Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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