Bus KSI Risk for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1970
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A chart on page 10 of a recent Transport for London report entitled "Improving Cycling Safety in London" (http://content.tfl.gov.uk/sshrp-20180620-part-1-item-10-improving-cyclis...) shows that Bus and Coaches, based on 2014-2016 data and corrected for their share in traffic, have the highest KSI risk for Cyclists of any other vehicle mode in London, including taxis and HGVs. Furthermore, a bullet point on page 7 of a presentation TfL gave to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety in June 2016 (http://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/PACTS-Conference-Lill...) states "Buses are four times more likely to be involved in a KSI collision with a pedestrian than would be expected for their share of traffic."  Based on these two TfL-originated facts, would I be wrong to conclude that, compared to all other modes of surface transport and corrected for their presence in traffic, that Buses and Coaches hold the highest KSI risk for both Cyclists and Pedestrians?

Answer

Answer for Bus KSI Risk for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Answer for Bus KSI Risk for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Buses and coaches are disproportionately involved in collisions resulting in cyclists and pedestrians being killed or seriously injured, given their share of traffic.  However, it is not true to say that they hold the highest risk, as the involvement of motorcyclists in collisions resulting in pedestrian deaths and serious injuries, given their share of traffic, is higher.

The disproportionate involvement of buses and coaches in pedestrian and cyclist injury is of real concern and Transport for London (TfL) has a comprehensive programme to improve the safety of those vehicles that pose the highest risk to cyclists and pedestrians, including buses and coaches. TfL is implementing the world-leading Bus Safety Programme, including the Bus Safety Standard aimed at improving safety through vehicle design and innovation, such as speed limiting technology known as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). The bus safety programme also includes improvements to existing safety processes and data collection.