Malawi ‘most dangerous country to walk and cycle’

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Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa are the countries where it is most dangerous to walk and cycle, the UN says in a survey about traffic accidents.·

Of the 1.3 million people dying each year from traffic accidents, 49% are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.

Here’s the UNEP’s breakdown of pedestrians and cyclists killed in road accidents:

  • Malawi: 49% pedestrians, 14-17% cyclists
  • Kenya: 47% pedestrians, 14% cyclists
  • South Africa: 50% pedestrians, 3% cyclists.

The UNEP said urgent investment was needed to improve infrastructure for walking and cycling to save millions of lives.

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