The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the road in Hackney between 2012 and 2014 was 290; a rate of 37.6 per 100,000 resident population. 5 In the City of London, the recorded rate is much higher, at 754 per 100,000 resident population over the same period (173 people in total), but this is largely attributed to the methods used to calculate this figure. KSI rates are calculated using the small City resident population as the denominator and the total number of incidents (involving residents, workers and other visitors) as the numerator; the daytime population in the City is over 50 times the size of the resident population. 6

Nevertheless, the City of London’s streets do pose a set of challenges for cyclists, pedestrians and also motorists. The medieval street layouts, combined with high volumes of road and pedestrian traffic, increase the risk of clashes between different road users. TfL Accident Analysis Unit data suggest that the vast majority of people seriously injured or killed on the City’s roads are ‘vulnerable’ road users, i.e. pedal cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists. 7

In Hackney, over 90% of the roads are under the borough’s authority. However, less than half of all KSI collisions and casualties occurred on borough roads in the five years leading to 2012 – almost half of collisions occurred on the 8% of roads not maintained by Hackney Council. 8 The high proportion of collisions and casualties on TfL maintained roads highlights the importance of partnership working between the borough and TfL to tackle locations which may form barriers to walking and cycling, and which require intervention to reduce collisions and casualties.

References

  1. Public Health England, “Public Health Outcomes Framework: Indicator 1.10 – Killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on England’s roads,” [Online]. Available: http://www.phoutcomes.info/public-health-outcomes-framework#page/3/gid/1000041/pat/6/par/E12000007/ati/102/are/E09000001/iid/11001/age/1/sex/4. [Accessed 23 November 2016].
  2. Greater London Authority, “Daytime Population, Borough,” [Online]. Available: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/daytime-population-borough. [Accessed November 2016].
  3. Transport for London, “TfL Accident Analysis Unit”.
  4. Hackney Council, “Hackney Transport Strategy 2015-2025: Road Safety Plan,” 2016.
  5. Public Health England, “Public Health Outcomes Framework: Indicator 1.10 – Killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on England’s roads,” [Online]. Available: http://www.phoutcomes.info/public-health-outcomes-framework#page/3/gid/1000041/pat/6/par/E12000007/ati/102/are/E09000001/iid/11001/age/1/sex/4. [Accessed 23 November 2016].
  6. Greater London Authority, “Daytime Population, Borough,” [Online]. Available: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/daytime-population-borough. [Accessed November 2016].
  7. Transport for London, “TfL Accident Analysis Unit”.
  8. Hackney Council, “Hackney Transport Strategy 2015-2025: Road Safety Plan,” 2016.