International benchmarks According to ICE president Mark Whitby:
In the UK, just 17% of trips are made by walking or cycling - the lowest levels in Europe. In Holland the figure is 46%. In Germany it is 34%.
In the Netherlands more cyclists are killed than in the UK. The Germans kill more pedestrians.
In 1997-98 the UK pedestrian accident rate per 100,000 population was 1.7. In Holland this figure was 0.74.
With 13% of journeys in the UK walked, this equates to a 'risk per trip' of 0.13. In Holland the figure is 0.037.
'Comparable vulnerability', works out at 1:2.1 for walking in Germany, 1:1.7 for France, and 1:3.1 for Sweden.
For cyclists, only France and Austria are more dangerous than the UK.
In 1999-2000 the UK child pedestrian accident rate was 0.9. This equates to a comparable vulnerability of 1:2.3 for Holland, 1:3 for France, and 1:6.7 for Sweden.