Every year, an estimated 250,000 children and young people are killed in road traffic crashes. A similar number die from the effects of urban outdoor air pollution, to which road traffic is a significant contributor and factor. Road traffic is now the leading cause of death for children over the age of five and for adolescents, worldwide. Every life lost is a preventable tragedy.
Now, a new generation is demanding action. Action to tackle road danger and air pollution, and to combat climate change. Action to design and share liveable cities.
COVID-19 has transformed the world, but amidst the suffering we have a chance to build back better. The pandemic has focused political attention on the vital need for safe and healthy streets; for sharing roads more equitably; encouraging walking and cycling; for keeping young people safe on their journeys to school and college. We can transform how streets are designed and used, to protect children, young people and the climate.
At this critical moment, let’s not waste this chance to rebuild a better world for all. Let’s start with the streets.