BBC Home
Explore the BBC


Your Comments

Last Updated: Wednesday May 13 2009 09:38 GMT

Do you feel safe on the roads?

A road sign

Great Britain is near the bottom of a league table of 24 countries that compares the number of children killed on roads when walking.

The total number of people killed on roads has been falling in recent years, but things aren't so good for walkers and cyclists.

So how safe do you feel when you're out and about?

Are cars and motorcyclists a big problem where you live, or is it pretty quiet where you hang out?

And what about other children - do they mess about near roads, or make sure they stay safe and cross where they're supposed to?

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index.

Your comments

"Some roads are really not safe. Drivers are only meant to go to 20 mph on the road near where I live, but some cars go really fast like 50 mph and anyone could get run over. But I feel safe on other roads."

Gemma, 13, England

"Where I live people are always going over the speed limits. I was run over before and I had to go to hospital."

Saffra, 13, Bournemouth, England

"I don't feel safe on the roads."

Zachary, 9, West Yorkshire, England

"I only feel safe on the road when I'm with someone. If I'm not with someone I don't feel safe on the road."

Lauren, 9, UK

"I feel safe because there are speed cameras and speed signs, but I think there should be more."

Christian, 11, Birmingham, England

"I NEVER feel safe on the road because people speed."

Charlotte, 12, Kent, England

"I hate the roads where I live because people are careless."

Lauren, 10, London, England

"I do not feel safe cycling on the road; once when I was cycling a driver behind me over took on a double yellow line and on a blind corner."

Georgia, 13, Shropshire, England

"When I cross the road I always feel a lot safer when I cross with someone else, like my mum or the lollypop lady."

James, 9, Isle of Wight, UK

"I don't mind crossing the road but I get really annoyed when people don't let you cross at zebra crossings and the driver's just put their foot down."

Ellie, 12, Essex, England

"I feel very safe on the roads. When we move back to England I won't feel very safe because the cars on the roads are too fast and the paths are too narrow to cycle on."

Madi, 13, Hamburg, Germany

"I feel a little bit scared on the road because one of my friends got hit by a car and she broke her arm."

Loretta, 10, Surrey, England

"I don't feel safe on the roads because where I live on my way to school I have to cross two junctions. Not many people put their indicators on so I never know which way the cars are going to turn. "

Briony, 12, Trowbridge

"Outside my school there is a very busy road that we are always terrified of being hit on. We have been lucky - so far."

Bianca, 13, UK

"When I came out of school once I was really close to getting hurt because I tripped on the kerb but our teachers don't say or do anything."

Abby, 11, Shrewsbury

"I was almost hit by a car crossing the road when the road was clear - it just appeared."

Martin, 11, Comber

"I normally feel fairly safe when I'm on the roads, but there's always a road that hardly anyone indicates to go down. My friends and I have almost been knocked over a few times because of this!"

Millie, 12, Southend

"My classmate got ran over so definitely no."

Emily, 8, Liverpool

"My friend was killed by a guy speeding on a motorbike a couple of months ago now. The council are trying to get a crossing on that road now but it seems like all the plans have just came to a halt."

Claudia, 15, Scotland

"I nearly got ran over because some crazy driver went through a red light. I hate some of the roads I have to cross on my way to and from school"

Chloe, 12 Flitwick, Bedfordshire

"When I walk to school, there is a really dangerous road that I have to cross where all the cars are going at full speed. Most people cross at any time - they say the cars will stop but I wait until for the green man!"

Jan, 10, London

"I'm afraid to cross the road now ever since my dog got hit by a speeding driver."

Graham, 10, Blackpool

"When I walk to and from school I'm scared. Cars don't wait for you to cross, and I really like walking with my friends. I'm normally late for school, same with a lot of my friends, as the cars never let us cross until the bell goes!!"

Tia-jade, 11, Berkshire

"Because I am older now, I feel safe on the roads."

Hinna, 12, Woking,

"I don't feel safe as their are too many fast drivers speeding about and not taking enough care. They could easily lose control and hit the path or not stop at the crossings."

Julia, 9, Newton, UK

"I don't feel safe on the roads and I want someone to do something about"

Emma, 8, Dungannon, Northern Ireland

"I feel unsafe on the road ever since my friend died after a car hit him at 80mph when the limit was only 30. Cars go way to fast."

Kerry, 12, Plymouth

"I normally feel pretty safe on the roads but there was a time on the way to school they were working on the road so we couldn't use the traffic lights, even though it was on one of the busiest roads in the town. There was a sign saying that there was traffic lights up the road, but they were five minutes away so we crossed with a large group of other kids on the way to school, although it was still pretty dangerous! "

Molly, 13, Kings Lyn, England

"I don't feel safe when I'm out because cars come zooming past me at all kinds of speeds. I'm alright when I'm with my friends though."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"I feel fine when I'm on the roads in France but I don't feel safe on the roads in England, it makes me so scared!"

Eden, 10, France

"I actually feel very safe when I'm on the roads because I normally walk with lots of friends to school and also because the roads here are very calm, with hardly any cars and mostly no speeding."

Karima, 11, Northampton, England

"I feel unsafe because sometimes cars turn the corner when they haven't indicated and it is really dangerous. So I end up waiting for AGES to cross the road because I want to make sure it is completely safe."

Jasmine, 13, West Midlands, England

"The only time I feel unsafe is if we are on the road when it's dark."

Tayler, 13, UK

"It can be very dangerous when we are coming out of school and there are cars everywhere, it is really scary."

Buthaina, 12, Essex, England

"I don't think it is very safe, in the UK there should be more lollipop ladies and zebra crossings. If people listen and don't drive too fast the roads can become a very safe place."

Ilham, 10, London, England

"I don't feel safe on the roads near my school as drivers are not willing to stop at crossings."

Leah, 11, London, England

"I feel unsafe because the cars drive too fast and never stop when you want to cross."

Heena, 12, West Yorkshire, England

"I don't feel safe on the roads because I see teenagers racing on them all the time. I get worried whether or not I will get to the other side safely."

Mahmood, 12, West Yorkshire, England

"I think there should be more zebra crossings so that children can cross the road safely."

Robyn, 9, London, England

"I feel kind of scared but my lollipop lady said she would protect me."

Essie, 10, Manchester, England

"I don't feel safe on the roads because once I was in the middle of a zebra crossing and a car just went straight past me. Zebra crossings are there for people to cross the roads safely!"

Katie, 11, Birmingham, England

"People over here drive like lunatics in their flashy cars, so roads aren't really that safe... but if you keep your seatbelt on you will be safer!"

Georgia, 13, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"When I walk to school I have to cross a very busy road which doesn't have a zebra crossing on it. I think they should put more zebra crossings on busy roads to cut down on the number of children being run over and also to encourage people to walk more."

Rosie, 13, London, England

"My little brother and I walk home from school everyday and sometimes I'm really nervous, because people drive fast. Once, we were crossing a road and a man nearly ran us over! From then on I hold my brother's hand and I'm very, very careful."

Violette, 13, France