IGU Urban Commission, Canterbury, 2011
Ruhr-University Bochum, Geography Department
Children’s independent mobility in Germany: Where is Germany heading?
How safe are children in today’s traffic? Looking at the long term development of German road safety statistics there is reason for optimism. Since the 1970s the numbers of children killed or injured in traffic incidents tend to drop constantly among children aged 15 years and younger, with a short period of increasing numbers after the German reunion. This development can be noticed in statistics published by the Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) or the German Social Accident Insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) . But do these numbers really mean that German roads have become safer for children?