Key Facts:

  • 3,624 children aged 0-11 years old were pedestrian casualties in 2016.

  • Child pedestrian (aged 0-15) fatalities rose by 36 per cent to 34 in 2016, but 26 per cent above the 2011-15 average.

  • The majority of reported child pedestrian casualties (99 per cent) occurred on built-up roads in 2015.

(RRCGB, DfT, 2017)

  • In 2014, 324 children aged 4 -11 years old were killed or seriously injured (KSI) on journeys made during term time and in the hours in which children may be expected to be making a journey to or from school (this is 36% of the total number (n=710) of child pedestrian KSI casualties aged 4-11 years old).

(D. Lloyd et al, 2015)

  • Child pedestrians from poorer households are five times more likely to be Killed or Seriously Injured in Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) than their richer counterparts.

(ETSC, 2005)

  • An evaluation of 20 mph zones in the UK demonstrated that the zones were effective both in reducing traffic speed and in reducing RTIs. In particular child pedestrian injuries were reduced by 70 per cent from 1.24 per year in each area before to 0.37 per year after the zones were introduced.

  • Pedestrian skills training programmes have been shown to improve children’s skills, such as timing and finding safe places to cross, provided that they are specifically targeted (at particular road safety skills).

(E. Towner, 2005)


  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:17 AM
  • Last Update: 11 Dec 2017, 04:14 PM