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TRANSPORT STRATEGY MUST TAKE ACCOUNT OF PEDESTRIANS

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There is a danger that local transport, and pedestrians in particular, will be overlooked in the government's forth...
There is a danger that local transport, and pedestrians in particular, will be overlooked in the government's forthcoming 10-year plan for transport, according to Tony Grayling, of the Institute for Public Policy Research.

In an article for The Guardian (p23), Mr Grayling writes: 'Walking may not have the glamour of high-speed rail services or the middle England appeal of the motor car but it matters.'

He points out that more than a quarter of all journeys is made on foot, including about 80% of journeys less than a mile in length.

'If the government is going to meet its own target of reducing the number of child pedestrian deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2010 it will have to get serious about walking. In addition to reducing speeds, feasible measures include better pavements, lighting and safer roads crossings,' he writes.

'Most are small and local. Individually they will not grab the national headlines. But taken together they would slowly and surely challenge our car culture. And that would be better for everyone.'
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