Building Back Safer: Making roads fit for 2030

Organisation: Road Safety Foundation
Date of Publication: July 2021
Date Uploaded: 13 July 2021

This report suggests the Covid-19 pandemic presents a unique chance to re-shape travel patterns and support healthier travel choices, which in turn could reduce casualties and improve air quality.

The report calls for safer road infrastructure that includes facilities for active travel. It summarises a series of investment packages, aimed at the 10% of the strategic and local road networks in England, Scotland and Wales with the potential to prevent the greatest number of deaths and serious injuries.

It estimates that these investment packages, totalling £1.4bn, could prevent more than 11,000 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

The report also encourages authorities to embrace concepts such as 20-minute neighbourhoods and 15-minute cities. These put an emphasis on the liveability of neighbourhoods, and the idea that people will spend more time locally and be able to access health, education, shopping, work and recreation via short cycling and walking trips instead of using a car. 

Access the report via the Road Safety Foundation website: