A new road safety plan for the next 7 years has been launched for London. CTC was critical of earlier drafts for failing to include the means to measure the risks of cycling, rather than simply the number of people seriously injured or killed.
The most crucial aspect of an overarching plan such as the Road Safety Action Plan is its target and the way it is measured.
For ease and simplicity, local authorities and Government have historically adopted a target based solely on the number of people killed and seriously injured.
Intuitively, this seems to make sense: a target based on numbers killed or seriously injured tackles the public health problem of road injuries directly.