A report issued recently by the road safety charity, Brake, has brought awareness about young people having fears over cycling and walking as they don’t feel that the roads are safe.
This is creating a barrier which prevents young people being active in alternative methods of transport as opposed to travelling by car or public transport.
It is not just young people that have fears over road safety when it comes to cycling and walking, it’s also their parents that are worried.
Brake carried out a survey of 1,301 young people aged 11-17 in secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Almost half of those surveyed, 47%, said parental worries were preventing them from starting cycling or cycling more.
In the UK in 2013 there were 186 young people aged 12-15 killed or seriously injured while cycling and 504 whilst walking on public pavements and pathways. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that young people are concerned about their safety if cycling or walking to their destinations.
Deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend of Brake said, “That so many teenagers are being held back from walking and cycling by safety fears, in spite of its great benefits, is a shocking indictment of our road infrastructure.”
However, things are being done to prevent Pedestrian Accidents and Cycling Accidents. The introduction of more 20mph zones in cities, towns and villages, is creating more inviting environments for walkers and cyclists. This is a positive improvement for both people and pollution levels in the environment.
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