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A protest campaign over poor walking and cycling safety

Effective road safety planning: what should be happening

What the vision should be
Road safety planning and policing: what we have a right to expect
Poor Merseyside road casualties should be considered
Other relevant information
Past strategies
Options that should be considered

Merseyside road safety failures

Merseyside / national road safety failures

Merseyside road safety concerns

So-Mo project on pedestrian casualties

Merseyside road safety improvements

Taking action on poor road safety

Current campaigns





Childhood obesity levels in Merseyside
A major factor in childhood obesity is lack of exercise - walking and cycling should normally form part of a healthy lifestyle, but can be prevented by dangerous roads. Diet also plays a part in obesity, but average calorie intakes have fallen compared to several decades ago, when obesity was much less of a problem.

These are the figures from Public Health England for the prevalence of obesity at aged 10-11 (2015/16) [1]:

St Helens24.4%.
England average19.8%

So all Merseyside boroughs have levels above the England average - and England has poor figures compared to the rest of western Europe.

Obesity in children has serious long-term consequences:

"four-fifths of obese children will remain obese as adults and this will result in them losing between 10-20 years of healthy life" (Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) [2]


[1] Public Health England: (viewed 23.1.18).

[2] (viewed 23.1.18).

Last updated: 12 Jan 2020