Violence and Injury Prevention

Make Walking Safe: a brief overview of pedestrian safety around the world

Make Roads Safe

We are all pedestrians: on any given day – at a minimum – we begin and end most trips on foot. Yet due to a lack of attention to the needs of pedestrians, and a tendency to favour motorized transport, pedestrians are at risk of death, injury and disability. In fact more than 270 000 lose their lives on the roads each year.

While there is no single measure to adequately address the range of risks to pedestrians across various settings, there are many steps that can be taken to improve their safety.

Make Walking Safe is a brief overview of pedestrian safety around the world. It covers the following topics:

  • Who are killed and injured on the roads as pedestrians?
  • How are pedestrian deaths distributed around the world?
  • Where and when do the pedestrians collisions occur?
  • What happens in a pedestrian collision?
  • What are the consequences for injured pedestrians?
  • What are the major risks for pedestrians?
  • What measures can be taken to protect pedestrians?

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