Sunday, 15 November 2015

Road casualties in Merton: decade to 2014

Today, November the 15th is the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims.

Merton continues to show slow progress in addressing road danger, but the data provides worrying indicators for where that danger is likely to fall.  The group Travel Independent publishes annual analysis of road traffic casualties, 2014 recorded a rise for all groups of road users.

But when viewing the data over ten years, something else is very obvious. There is no significant change in the number of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) who have been killed or seriously injured over this period.

The only group which has seen a reduction in deaths and serious injuries were those inside the cars during a crash.

The considerable improvements that manufacturers have applied to cars have made them better at protecting their occupants from the results of a collisions.  Sadly the same cannot be said for those outside the car.

Making the roads fit for all requires safer design, the protection of the law and political will.

In remembrance of lives lost on the roads.

Reference: Travel Independent data for Merton

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Public meeting on road safety in Dundonald Ward

Following the crash on the 30th September in which a schoolboy was seriously injured while cycling on Merton Hall Road, the local Councillors for the Dundonald Ward have called a public meeting. This will be held on Wednesday the 11th November from 7:00-8:30pm at the Wimbledon Chase Primary School.

Rat running motor vehicles have been a growing problem in this area, as identified by the LCC in the 2014 local elections. The wards asks were as follows:
Prevent rat running and introduce ‘home zones’ in the Dundonald Park area The Dundonald Park area is a quiet residential area, which is used as a rat run to Wimbledon town Centre from Lower Downs Rd and Kingston Rd. This could be avoided by placing 2 or 3 bollards in the area to prevent through traffic.
The three local Councillors, Suzanne Grocott, Michael Bull and David Dean all pledged their support to the campaign. Dundonald Ward space4cycling campaign, 2014 local elections

Unfortunately since 2014 there has been no decline in traffic, instead the empirical evidence from our members who are local to the area suggests that it has worsened.

In addition to traffic running from Toynbee Rd through to Wimbledon Town Centre (point A to G), some drivers are also using the area to jump the queue of traffic on the Kingston Rd in the morning (point C to D or F).