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Mobility & Transport - Road Safety

Although walking is great for your health and the environment - and especially practical for old people and children - pedestrians are much more vulnerable to accidents than other road users. Most recent Thematic Report on Pedestrians.

Traffic rules for pedestrians

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It may sound obvious but you should only walk on the road if you have no choice - if there are no pavements or verges.

If you do have to, keep to the edge, walk in single file and against the direction of traffic.

Pedestrian fatalities

Some 21% of all traffic fatalities in the EU are pedestrians. The largest share of these are 65 or over.

Cutting the number of deaths

The amount of crashes involving pedestrians can be reduced by:

  • area-wide speed limits
  • uninterrupted footpaths
  • proper street lighting
  • wearing reflective gear
  • crash-friendly car fronts (to minimise injuries).

EU-funded projects to protect pedestrians

The Watch-over system of short-range sensors detects when a car is about to hit a pedestrian, enabling the driver to swerve or brake.

Projects such as APROSYS have studied how changing the shape of the front of a vehicle can reduce harm to pedestrians.