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Viewpoint: Issue 500 7 Aug 2008

Should we be encouraging children to cycle to school when the accident statistics show it's the riskiest way to get there, asks Sian Thornthwaite

By Sian Thornthwaite

The DfT's road casualty statistics for 2007 show that the number of child casualties is falling. In 2007, 29,332 children were killed or injured, a fall of more than 40% from a decade ago. However, for school journeys the news is more worrying.

Overall, the number of children killed on the school journey has fallen. In 2007 16 children (to age 16 years) were killed (ten as pedestrians, three on bikes and three in cars); down from 27 ten years ago. Similarly, the total number of children injured...

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