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Global infrastructure KPIs support Action Plans to achieve 2nd Decade Goals

The recent UN announcement of the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 calls on all countries to achieve at least a 50% reduction in road deaths and injuries by 2030 and achieve the Global Road Safety Performance Targets agreed by Member States.  As part of your own locally led Road Assessment Programme, iRAP’s Global Infrastructure KPIs provide the policy road map and recommended metrics for measuring success.

If you’re shaping your next Road Safety Action Plan, consider including the following targets and actions:

1. A minimum 50% reduction in road deaths and injuries by 2030 and the associated implementation of the Global Road Safety Performance Targets.

2. In support of Global Target 3 implement mandatory reporting of the before and after Star Rating performance and predicted deaths and injuries expected over the 20-year life of all infrastructure investment.

3. In support of Global Target 4 adopt the Global Infrastructure Safety KPIs on the roads where 75% of travel occurs for each road user (i.e. 75% of travel for pedestrians, 75% of travel for cyclists, 75% of travel for motorcyclists and 75% of travel for vehicle occupants) and report on these every 3-5 years.

4. Publish Risk Maps on an annual basis for roads where >75% of travel occurs for each road user (crashes per kilometre and crashes per kilometre travelled) and report the most improved and persistently high-risk roads with associated performance tracking.

5. Establish a Safer Roads Fund and results based financing initiatives to target speed management, financing and upgrades on the persistently high-risk road sections each year that maximises lives and serious injuries saved per dollar spent.

What are the Global Road Infrastructure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?

UN Targets 3 and 4 include ensuring all new roads are built to a 3-star or better standard for all road users (Target 3), and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 (Target 4).

Recommended Crash Data, Infrastructure and Speed Management KPIs for Existing Roads:

By Attribute:

For New and Upgraded Roads:

Achievement of the UN Targets by 2030 stands to save 450,000 lives per year with an economic benefit of $8 for every $1 invested. See for more details.

To download the Global Road Infrastructure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) using the iRAP Global Standard, click here.

About the Decade of Action

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the 2nd Decade of Action and released a Draft Resolution. The Resolution encourages Member States to make efforts to protect all road users through safer road infrastructure by taking into account the needs of motorized and non-motorized transport, and other vulnerable road users, especially on the highest-risk roads with high rates of crashes.

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