TfL consulting on new Road Safety Action Plan
TfL want your views on their proposed new Road Safety Action Plan, with the consultation running until 28 September.
It looks very poor to me. They are proposing to drop a cycling-specific casualty reduction target, presumably because cycling casualties have rather inconveniently increased in recent years. Instead they are proposing a target to reduce serious/fatal road casualties by 40% by 2020 from the baseline of 2005-09. Obviously this target could be met even if cycling casualties continue to rise, as indeed has been the case recently.
However, even the overall 40% reduction target is pretty unambitious since casualties have already fallen by 23% from the baseline as of 2011. And there is not much sign in the document of a radically new approach to either road safety or cycling infrastructure, apart from a mention of the junction review, which they must not expect to reduce casualties very much or they would have adopted a tougher target.
I'd be interested to hear anyone else's views on the topic. Does anyone know if LCC will be making a formal response?