European Road Safety Day, dedicated to reducing pedestrian fatalities in urban areas
The European Road Safety Day – May 6 – is the Commission's contribution to the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, whose theme this year is "pedestrian road safety". Today, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, opened the European Road Safety Day conference, followed by public road safety demonstrations and a "long short walk" in Brussels.
Of the 30 000 people killed on European roads per year (28 000 in 2012), on average 21% are pedestrians, 7% are cyclists and 18% are riders of motorcycles and mopeds. 70% of the pedestrians who die are killed within urban areas.