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Title: Road Safety Performance Index Flash 19

Organisation: ETSC (European Transport Safety Council)
Date uploaded: 23rd May 2011
Date published/launched: May 2011

This new Road Safety PIN Flash compares Member States' progress in reducing deaths among pedestrians, cyclists and powered two-wheelers (PTW).

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This new Road Safety PIN Flash compares Member States’ progress in reducing deaths among pedestrians, cyclists and powered two-wheelers (PTW). With this publication, ETSC is marking the launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

At least 15,300 pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders were killed in the EU in 2009, and 169,000 have died since 2001. Deaths among these categories of unprotected road users have been decreasing at a lower rate than for vehicle occupants.

Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists decreased by 34% between 2001 and 2009 and those among PTW riders by only 18%, compared with 39% for car drivers. While the number of road deaths has declined considerably in the past decade in Europe, the number of PTW riders killed rose in 13 out of 26 countries.

Experiences from fast-progressing and well-performing countries show that affordable measures can save the lives of many unprotected road users. The fastest reductions in pedestrian deaths have been recorded in Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Belgium and in cyclist deaths in Finland, Israel, Slovakia and Latvia. The best progress in reducing deaths among motorcyclists and moped riders has been achieved by Portugal, Latvia, and to a lesser extent by Ireland and France.

For more information contact:
Marco Popolizio

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