London Assembly Members have called on the Mayor to appoint a “senior level” walking “champion” to oversee Transport for London and the boroughs’ progress in cutting the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured.
The recommendation is contained in a new report by the Assembly’s transport committee which says an average of 3 pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every day.
A quarter of all fatalities take place on pedestrian crossings while an additional 19 per cent take place within 50 metres of one.
To highlight the large number of deaths on and near crossings, committee members Val Shawcross, Darren Johnson, Richard Tracey and Tom Copley recreated the iconic Beatles album cover, Abbey Road.
The report – Feet First – Improving Pedestrian Safety in London – says Mayor Boris Johnson should publish a plan for reducing road deaths and sponsor “a large-scale pedestrianisation event in central London to promote the benefits of walking”.
AMs also call for TfL, the Met and local boroughs to work together to investigate the causes of serious collisions.
Committee chair Val Shawcross AM said: “The photo may be viewed as a bit of a gimmick but we must do whatever we can to highlight the lack of respect for people using their feet in the capital.
“Road safety is an issue for all road users and the pedestrian has been forgotten in recent years. The Committee wants to remind everyone that pedestrians have just as much right to feel safe and protected, as cyclists and motorists.”