There are some notable differences between ethnic groups in types of transport used in London. For example, people of Bangladeshi origin make a relatively large number trips on foot, people of Indian and Pakistani origin have high levels of car use on average, and those in Black ethnic groups tend to make more bus trips. 5 Hackney’s Scrutiny Commission found that non-White groups in Hackney were less likely to cycle than average. 6

Road users from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups have been found to be at increased risk of KSI on the road across all transport modes, except bus travel. BAME cyclists are particularly vulnerable; they have approximately twice the risk of being killed or seriously injured compared with non-BAME cyclists. 7

A review of collision data in Hackney found that, in 2012, 10 child casualties in the borough were defined as White European (15% of the total), with the highest proportion of child casualties being of African-Caribbean origin (21 casualties; 31% of the total). 8

Box 2: Case study – Injuries inequality reduction scheme in Hackney

The London Borough of Hackney was part of an injuries inequality reduction scheme, launched initially by TfL in 2007 in seven pilot boroughs where an over-representation of ethnic minority road casualties were identified.

As part of the second phase of this scheme, the council worked in partnership with communities to produce a short film known as ‘Concrete Dreams’ (available for download on YouTube and other social media), targeted at residents between the ages of 14 and 19 primarily of Black African and Black Caribbean background.

 

 

References

  1. Transport for London, “Travel in London Supplementary Report: London Travel Demand Survey,” 2011.
  2. Hackney Council, “Final Report of the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission: Cycling barriers for Hackney communities,” 2014.
  3. Transport for London, “Cycle Safety Action Plan: Working together towards roads free from death and serious injury,” 2014.
  4. Hackney Council, “Hackney Transport Strategy 2015-2025: Road Safety Plan,” 2016.
  5. Transport for London, “Travel in London Supplementary Report: London Travel Demand Survey,” 2011.
  6. Hackney Council, “Final Report of the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission: Cycling barriers for Hackney communities,” 2014.
  7. Transport for London, “Cycle Safety Action Plan: Working together towards roads free from death and serious injury,” 2014.
  8. Hackney Council, “Hackney Transport Strategy 2015-2025: Road Safety Plan,” 2016.