Since 2000, the number of people injured or killed on roads in Leeds has fallen significantly. In recent years, though, the decline has levelled off.
Between 2016 and 2020, crashes on roads in Leeds killed 83 people and seriously injured 1,498 people. A further 8,317 people suffered minor injuries, bringing the total number of injuries and deaths to 9,898. Road crashes typically involve cars and other motor vehicles, but most of the victims who were killed or seriously injured were on foot, on a bike, or riding a motorbike.
The Leeds Safer Roads Vision Zero 2040 strategy, adopted in September 2022, is our plan to eliminate fatal and the most serious road injuries from our city.
The strategy was developed by the Leeds Safer Roads Partnership. This is led by Leeds City Council. Partners include West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and National Highways.
We will use a 'Safe System' approach to achieve Vision Zero. This considers the wider context of road safety. It makes the whole traffic system safer. While all road users should behave safely, considerately and legally, those who plan and manage the transport system are also responsible for safety. This means that we need to design safer roads, enforce speeds and improve vehicle safety, for example.
Five ‘pillars’ underpin this Safe System for Leeds. They are:
- Safe Behaviours and People
- Safe Speeds
- Safe Roads
- Safe Vehicles
- Post-collision Learning and Care