The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has now published it’s 29th PIN Flash Report: Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer.
The report reveals that over the past 12 years 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in road traffic; while 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of passengers being lost every week. Over the last 10 years deaths amongst pedestrians and cyclists fell by 41% and 37% whilst vehicle occupant deaths only fell by 53%.
Later this year the European Commission is going to revise the Pedestrian Protection Regulation and the General Safety Regulation which set technical requirements applied to all new motor vehicles sold in the EU market. The ETSC is calling for the revision of the Pedestrian Protection Regulation to include the fitting of a range of safety technologies including Autonomous Emergency Breaking (AEB) as standard on new vehicles, for improved pedestrian protection requirements and that EU member states should implement 30 km/h zones in residential areas.
The report, published on 4th June, is now available for download on the ETSC website (here).