Road safety professionals in Bandung, Indonesia took part in a workshop in February as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).
With 25 attendees, the introductory workshop explored key elements of the iRAP Star Rating methodology including Safer Road Investment Plans and the ViDA Star Rating Demonstrator. It was led by iRAP Senior Road Safety Engineer, Luke Rogers.
‘There is an urgent need to address infrastructure safety in Bandung, particularly for pedestrians and motorcyclists,’ Luke said. ‘In 2014 there were 257 reported casualty crashes along just a few of the major corridors in Bandung. Bandung has a population of over 2.5 million people and we would like to see it become a global leader in addressing road safety.’
Among those attending the workshop was a team from the Institute of Road Engineering (IRE). This government agency, who have already produced around 10,000km of star ratings for the rest of Indonesia will be key to developing local skills to ensure that routine road safety assessments are systematically undertaken and used to prioritise much needed safety improvements.
‘It was a very productive workshop with a good mix from different departments,’ Luke said. ‘Attendees showed real determination and commitment to make the city’s roads safer.’