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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-99-089
Date: December 1999

Research, Development, and Implementation of Pedestrian Safety Facilities in the United Kingdom

 

12. Conclusions

The past 5 years has seen increased attention given to road safety issues in the United Kingdom. Developments of particular relevance to pedestrians include greater emphasis on reducing vehicle speeds in urban areas through physical, legal, and publicity measures; also development of the Puffin crossing and new operating strategies such as MOVA. However, while specific facilities can affect safety at individual sites, improvements in overall safety for pedestrians require a comprehensive road safety strategy that is fully integrated with land use and transport policy (DETR, 1997e). Amendments to the Construction and Use regulations for motor vehicles, greater emphasis on driver responsibility towards pedestrians, and reductions in traffic levels will also be needed to bring about further accident reductions and a perception that walking is becoming safer.

 

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