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Newsletter - 2 November 2017

Merseyside's road safety record continues to be the worst in the country


The Department for Transport has released the road casualty database for 2016 allowing comparisons of Merseyside with other metropolitan counties (such as London and Greater Manchester) and other police areas in Great Britain.

For reported casualties killed or seriously injured, Merseyside is the worst police area for


  • Child cyclists - with a rate over twice the national average, three times the rate of Manchester and five times the rate of London:


Merseyside is also the worst metropolitan area for

For other road transport modes and more details, see the road casualty summary page .

It is not clear why the child cyclist casualty rate is so high in Merseyside. The Merseyside Bikeability programme (cycle training for children) is the largest of its kind in the country according to the BikeRight website - but there do not seem to be comparative figures for rates of children cycling.

Over the last 10 years, the trend in Merseyside casualties has been slightly upwards, and anecdotally, many people feel that driver behaviour has deteriorated.


Inadequate regional road safety strategy published


In July, a new Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy (2017 - 2020) was published.

The vision of zero deaths on Merseyside's roads is admirable; and so is the interim target of a reduction in numbers killed or seriously injured from the current 600 approximately to less than 400 by 2020.

However, there are serious concerns that the measures contained in the Strategy are inadequate and will not go far towards achieving the target reduction. These concerns have not yet been addressed.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: 19 November


Sunday 19th November is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. RoadPeace initiated this day of remembrance for crash victims in 1993. It is now a global day of remembrance, and services and events take place throughout the UK and beyond. The Merseyside service takes place in St George’s Hall, Liverpool, in the Concert Room at 2pm.


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martind 30 Oct 2017 at 11:26
These figures are shocking. Do we have any data or estimates of the rate of children cycling? Is the rate of children cycling in Merseyside higher as in other parts of the UK?
Reply by Ian Campbell 1 Nov 2017 at 19:18
The Merseyside Bikeability programme (cycle training fror children) is the largest of its kind in the country, according to the BikeRight website (https://www.bikeright.co.uk/merseyside/) - but there don't seem to be comparative figures for rates of children cycling.





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