TfL publishes London's first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
The plan has been compiled by TfL working alongside key stakeholders and follows a consultation in the spring. Working with Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, TfL’s aim is to reduce by 40% the number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads by 2020 with action to prioritise the safety of the most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The plan outlines 31 key actions that will directly target the key factors in collisions and help further reduce pedestrian casualties across London.
The actions include:
- Following TfL’s crossing technology trials, a new “gold standard” for all new and upgraded pedestrian crossings will be developed. This would look to include Pedestrian Countdown timers to give pedestrians a clear indication of how much time they have to safely cross the road, as well as ensuring that all pedestrian crossing times take account of national safety standards and the level of pedestrian demand. TfL will also expand the use of Pedestrian Countdown across London to more than 400 sites, which will be roughly 10% of all pedestrian crossings in London;
- Producing the first London Pedestrian Design Guidance to plan and design for safe and comfortable walking environments. TfL will then use this guidance for all TfL funded streets and public realm schemes and strongly encourage London boroughs to adopt these guidelines for their schemes;
- Carrying out trials of collision detection software on London Buses this summer. The innovative trials will build on research previously carried out by TfL on detection equipment and will look to test the effectiveness of radar and optical technology for reducing collisions with cyclists and pedestrians;
- Trialling Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) on London Buses, to understand the potential role of this technology on buses in promoting adherence to speed limits across the road network. Subject to further discussions and technical approvals, trials could be carried out on-street during 2015.
- TfL has also launched an updated “Digital Speed Limit” map for London today, to help spur the development of the next generation of in-vehicle technologies and mobile phone apps for the road. This will also help to pave the way for a range of future driver assist trials in London including the forthcoming ISA trial, which relies on accurate speed limit data to alert bus drivers when speed limits are being exceeded. The Mayor and TfL are calling for the creation of an up-to-date, national digital speed map to help prompt fleet and freight operators, as well as private motorists, to make use of speed limit map technology.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘From new “gold standard” crossings, expanded use of Pedestrian Countdown clocks and buses kitted out with the latest gizmos to reduce collisions, this is all about prioritising the safety of the most vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The publication of a speed limit map for London is also a great example of how the capital is leading the way in helping vehicle technology to move forward and encouraging innovation in the digital sphere.’