Road Harm Reduction Strategy consultation

Closes 5 Apr 2024

Opened 8 Jan 2024


The Birmingham Road Harm Reduction Strategy has been developed to complement the Birmingham Transport Plan. It sets out a bold approach to transform Birmingham’s roads and streets to make them safer, more inclusive, and more attractive.

The ambition of the strategy is to end death and serious injury for users of Birmingham’s roads in line with the Vision Zero concept, which aspires to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Each year on Birmingham’s roads, approximately:

  • 25 people are killed
  • 400 people suffer serious (often life-changing) injuries.

This is devastating and unacceptable.

The previous Birmingham Road Safety Strategy was adopted in October 2016. Whilst aligned with Vision Zero, its approach did not tackle traffic volume and its significant impact on road safety.

If Vision Zero is to be achieved, we must transform our streets, putting pedestrians, cyclists and buses first and actively removing motor vehicles.

The revised strategy adopts the globally successful Healthy Streets Approach and is aligned directly with the vision, aim, objectives and principles of the Birmingham Transport Plan:

  • Prioritising active travel in local neighbourhoods – upgrading and improving streets in our local neighbourhoods to ensure they are attractive, inclusive, and safe environments for people walking, cycling and using public transport.
  • Reallocating road space – consolidating most motor vehicle journeys in Birmingham onto a defined and prioritised Arterial Route Network, whilst removing through trips from residential streets wherever possible.
  • Transforming the city centre – removing through motor traffic from the city centre, and redesigning public spaces to prioritise public transport, walking and cycling.
  • Managing demand – proactive management of the kerbside (the part of the road closest to the footway) to release the space needed for safe, healthy streetscapes, whilst improving access to local services and facilities.

This consultation is seeking feedback on Birmingham’s draft Road Harm Reduction Strategy from both individuals and organisations/businesses.

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What happens next

We are planning to hold drop-in sessions in the new year. Details of these will be available shortly.

Paper copies of the survey & draft strategy will be available at all city libraries during week commencing Monday 15 January 2024. Please check library opening hours before travelling.

Give Us Your Views




  • All residents
  • Councillors/MPs/MEPs
  • Cyclists
  • Motor Vehicle Drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • Local Residents
  • Public Sector Bodies
  • Businesses
  • Faith groups
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff
  • Service user groups


  • Environment
  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • City Centre Parking
  • Travel
  • West Midlands Fire Service