International Synthesis Report: United Kingdom

Research, Development, and Implementation of Pedestrian Safety Facilities in the United Kingdom

Federal Highway Administration

This report was one in a series of pedestrian safety synthesis reports prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to document pedestrian safety in other countries. Reports are also available for:
Canada (FHWA-RD-99-090)
Sweden (FHWA-RD-99-091)
Netherlands (FHWA-RD-99-092)
Australia (FHWA-RD-99-093)

The report cites an access document with adequate references to allow further investigation of specific areas, and some commentary on research and implementation. The past 5 years have seen increased attention given to road safety issues in the UK. Developments of particular relevance to pedestrians include greater emphasis on reducing vehicle speeds in urban areas through physical, legal, and publicity measures: also development of Puffin crossings and new operating strategies such as MOVA. However, while specific facilities can affect safety at individual sites, improvements in overall safety for pedestrians requires a comprehensive road safety strategy that is fully integrated with land use and transport policy.

Filed in: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Crashes and Safety

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