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  • Over the last 15 years, road traffic casualties have seen a downward trend. In 2016 there were 567 road casualties in Gateshead, including 7 fatalities and 60 serious injuries. Casualty figures have reduced by 40% since the 2005 to 2009 baseline average. The number of those killed or seriously injured has fallen by 18% over the same period. [1]
  • Child casualties are also reducing (38% since the 2005 to 2009 baseline average). [1] There were 54 child casualties in 2016.
  • It is estimated that each year UK combustion emissions cause 13,000 premature deaths in the UK and a further 6,000 deaths are caused by combustion emissions from outside the UK. Of those deaths, 7,500 are directly attributable to emissions from vehicles. [2]
  • The number of people cycling to work in Gateshead increased by 64% between 2001 and 2011 from 816 to 1,342. [3]
  • There are 11 cycle monitoring sites across Gateshead collecting data on cycle flows. There has been a near doubling of cycle use recorded between 2008 and 2013 from 641 to 1,270. [4]
  • See also: Physical Inactivity

    [1] Reported Road User Casualties in Gateshead 2015 Main Results, NE Regional Road Safety Resource, Aug 2016 (www.neroadsafety.org.uk website)

    [2] Public Health Impacts of Combustion Emissions in the UK, Environmental Science and Technology, Yim and Barrett 201246(8) pp4291-4296, 2012 (ACS Publications website)

    [3] ONS Census, 2001 and 2011 (ONS website)

    [4] Gateshead Council Cycling Strategy, Mar 2015 (Gateshead Council website)