Traffic on a busy street in Uppsala. Photo: Sanna Richter /SR

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise

The number of people who die in car accidents has dropped drastically in recent years. But traffic safety experts say more has to be done to lower the number of deadly accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians, reports news agency TT.

The number of pedestrian fatalities increased by more than 50 percent in 2011. Fifteen pedestrians died during the first four months of this year – the same number as for all of 2011. The number of cyclists who have been injured or died also sticks out.

And authorities say there has been no improvement so far in 2012.

In 2001, 399 drivers and passengers died in car accidents. Last year, 175 people died.

"It is the unprotected who are the biggest question mark. Cyclists, pedestrians, and to a certain extent motorcyclists, that's what it's going to be about during the next ten years, says," Claes Tingvall, director of traffic safety at the Swedish Transport Administration, tells news agency TT.

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