"Everywhere we go" My night out in Hanover Street
fact: Of the adult pedestrian casualties injured in Liverpool and who were in a police-attended collision between 2012 and 2016 and where at least one contributory factor was assigned, 21% of these pedestrians were thought to be impaired by alcohol.
This is higher than for adult pedestrians injured in cities with similar networks and higher for those with a similar socio-demographic composition.
THEME 1 ALCOHOL
THEME 2 TAXIS
If you read yesterday's blog you'd have seen that I'm getting increasingly curious about the impact of alcohol on pedestrian's ability to make a safe crossing. I'm also interested in the fact that between the hours of 10pm and 6am 60% of all reported collisions involve either a hackney or private hire taxi.
And this why, wrapped up in two jumpers and two coats, I'm heading off to Hanover Street, a popular night spot in Liverpool city centre at 1:00a.m. in the morning. The short film below gives you a glimpse into the chaos that is Hanover Street during a weekend evening. This was a quiet night, so imagine what it's like when it gets busy.
Here are the things I want to know next.....
- How have policy changes, for example, taxi deregulation impacted on how easy and or / difficult it is to earn a living as a taxi driver in Liverpool .. Are the high numbers of collisions simply down to the fact that we have more taxis operating in Liverpool than in our comparator localities - it would be good to get a better understanding of saturation in the market?
- When I look at 10 years worth of data I see that collisions involving taxis were low in 2007 (7%) & 2008 (4%) then we suddenly see a dramatic increase in 2009 (16%) - after this the levels remain high never dipping back below 10%. Can we delve further into the statistics to see whether the low recorded numbers were an anomaly, or was there a change in 2009 that triggered an increase in the figures?
- Who is driving the cabs - has there been a shift in driver profile - if this has changed how has this impacted on road familiarity?
- My view has always been that you can't tell someone who has had a 'skinful' what to do.. So I've always shied away from information and awareness raising campaigns. I'm far more interested in exploring how we can make it easier for someone who is drunk to traverse the city's road network. Lets face it, we are not looking at a huge geography, the issues are predominately concentrated on a few drinking/ clubbing hotspots. This won't be an issue unique to Liverpool so I'd be interested to know how are other areas managing this in a systemic way?
- Liverpool has recently be re-awarded its Purple flag status Purple Flag is a city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 6pm and 5am. Whilst cities awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for their vibrant mix of entertainment, there is also a focus on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents. As far as I can tell no measures around traversing the road network in safety are included within this scheme. Why not?
What questions would you ask?
Nicola Wass - So-Mo