Walking is convenient and good for both you and the environment. But the presence of vehicles – usually moving faster than pedestrians, and always significantly bigger – makes pedestrians particularly vulnerable.
In 2009, 6 641 pedestrians were killed in road accidents across 24 EU countries – this accounts for just over 20% of all road fatalities. Those aged 65 or over account for 40% of pedestrian fatalities.
How to stay safe
- It may sound obvious, but only walk on the road if you have no choice – if there is no pavement or verge.
- If you do have to walk in the road, keep to the edge, walk in single file and face any oncoming traffic.
- Cross at a designated crossing when possible.
- Always look in both directions before stepping into the road – even if you are using a crossing.