I suppose one mustn't lose sight of the odds against an e-bike being involved.
Yes, its equivalent in casualty terms to a terrorist bomb happening every week! There's also the unfortunate attiude that IMO road traffic offences aren't viewed as crime as such compared to drugs or theft or violence...It never ceases to amaze me that the 3k odd deaths on the roads each year seem to be seen somehow as an acceptable consequence of modern life. The lack of public outrage indicates to me an unwillingness to accept collective responsibility for our mutual safety, whereas if an individual's mistake leads to "significant" injury or death, then the forces of hell are unleashed against them.The truth in my view is that every death on the road is significant, and that most are preventable.
And there I think you prove my point, yes the roads are busier, but it isn't enough to say that because it's statistically less likely to be hit by any individual road user these days, that so many deaths and injuries are in any way ok. Safety measures, training, enforcement, and penalties need to be better and more constructive, to aim for a situation where avoidable accidents are virtually unheard of.
The is no correlation between number of speed cameras deployed and a reduction in road traffic deaths. The jury is still out if ANPR stops are having any effect (and there seems to be quite few of these on the roads). I suspect that the reduction in casualties is due to cars getting safer rather than anything to do with government intervention.its a recent decline in casualty figures whilst its good news (and can't even be explained away by the recession) it also seems to coincide exactly with a greater deployment of surveillance infrastructure on the roads - not just speed cameras but ANPR linked CCTV and regular, constant and relentless targeted multi agency operations against bad and illegal drivers/vehicles - plus the rollout of the more secure Airwave police radio network
The unfortunately also implies its only the much disliked "nanny state" that is keeping the roads safe rather than a voluntary improvement in drivers' / road users behavour - still I suppose its what we pay our taxes for..
With reference to the illegal ebike question:Scary to think a bike can kill, whether an e-bike or not,but I take the point about an illegal one .
This collision happened at a junction which is on my route home each day. It's the road up from Euston to Camden High St., which is not as busy with pedestrians as the centre, so this sounds odd- maybe the tourist looking the wrong way could be right.
We accept a number of deaths in order that we can all move around more or less as we wish. It's unacceptable to say it but true nevertheless.It never ceases to amaze me that the 3k odd deaths on the roads each year seem to be seen somehow as an acceptable consequence of modern life.