iRAP took part in a World Bank hosted workshop on vulnerable road users in Tianjin, China in February.
The workshop was attended by a large group of participants from eight provinces and ten different projects around the country. Delegates were given an opportunity to hear from organisations such as iRAP—and local partner ChinaRAP, the World Resources Institute, the Global Designing Cities Initiative and road safety engineers on how to plan, design and construct safer roads for pedestrians.
On the third day of the workshop, delegates inspected some of the roads included in the ChinaRAP Tianjin Urban Transport Project. A recent iRAP star rating assessment—as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety—found that only 31% of roads where pedestrians were present were likely to be 3-star or better.
Monica Olyslagers, Programme Coordinator for iRAP, went along for the inspection of project roads. “We were able to see pedestrians crossing large, busy intersections that didn’t have traffic islands, pedestrian signals or other features which help keep people safe,” said Monica. “The snowy conditions allowed delegates to see how much of the road space cars actually use, and therefore how much extra space could be made available to pedestrians to improve their safety.”