Road traffic injuries and deaths are a major (but rare) health impact of local transport systems. As well as being a very real actual risk, it has been found that the fear of road traffic injuries has health impacts of its own. Fear of injury is the main reason people give for not cycling and for parents not wanting their children to be out on their own, both of which can limit opportunities for physical activity and associated health benefits. 2 As discussed previously, studies have shown that the health benefits of active travel far outweigh the risks.

References

  1. Greater London Authority, “Health Impacts of Cars in London,” 2015.
  2. Greater London Authority, “Health Impacts of Cars in London,” 2015.