Over the last 15 years, road traffic casualties have seen a downward trend. In 2018 there were 512 road casualties in Gateshead, including 1 fatality and 65 serious injuries. This compares to 475 road casualties in 2017, including 3 fatalities and 50 serious injuries. Back in 2006 there were 1,066 road casualties.
Child casualties are also reducing. There were 44 child casualties in 2018 compared to 45 in 2016. Back in 2005 there were 109.
It is estimated that each year UK combustion emissions cause 13,000 premature deaths in the UK and a further 6,000 deaths are caused by combustion emissions from outside the UK. Of those deaths, 7,500 are directly attributable to emissions from vehicles.
The number of people cycling to work in Gateshead increased by 64% between 2001 and 2011 from 816 to 1,342.
There are 11 cycle monitoring sites across Gateshead collecting data on cycle flows. There has been a near doubling of cycle use recorded between 2008 and 2013 from 641 to 1,270.
See also: 'Physical Inactivity'
 North East England Road User Casualty Dashboard, NE Regional Road Safety Resource, 2018 (www.tinyurl.com/necasualtydashboard website)
 Public Health Impacts of Combustion Emissions in the UK, Environmental Science and Technology, Yim and Barrett 201246(8) pp4291-4296, 2012 (ACS Publications website)
 ONS Census, 2001 and 2011 (ONS website)
 Gateshead Council Cycling Strategy, Mar 2015 (Gateshead Council website)