FIA promueve la seguridad vial

FIA promueve la seguridad vial

El Presidente de la FIA Jean Todt y el Presidente de la FIAA Nitin Dossa vieron recientemente  de primera mano los esfuerzos que se han realizado para mejorar la seguridad en uno de los países más populosos.

A través de la Campaña de Acción para la Seguridad Vial y sus clubes miembro, la FIA está trabajando para ayudar a reducir las muertes en las vías de la India, donde se estima que se producen más de 200,000 muertes cada año.

Los funcionarios del gobierno de Mumbai tuvieron la oportunidad de ver el vehículo de inspección que se usa en las  evaluaciones del iRAP en siete Estados, revisaron los resultados de investigaciones detalladas de muertes en las vías y consideraron evaluaciones de seguridad para vías de alta prioridad, como la carretera Mumbai-Goa que fue escenario de una horrible colisión que recientemente causó la muerte de 37 personas.

 

Alto a los traumatismos múltiples en Bangladesh

Alto a los traumatismos múltiples en Bangladesh

Como parte de los esfuerzos para frenar el número tremendamente alto de muertes y lesiones graves en las vías, el Banco Asiático de Desarrollo (ADB), el Bangladesh Roads and Highways Department (RHD) y el iRAP han evaluado las vías que representan la columna vertebral del sistema de transporte de la nación.

Las evaluaciones se hicieron como parte del primer “proyecto de seguridad vial” del ADB lo que asegurará que se adopten los programas más urgentes y rentables como parte integral de la política de seguridad vial del gobierno.

Durante el proyecto, se estimó que las muertes y lesiones graves ocurridas en los 1,300 km de vías evaluadas costaron más de US$300 millones cada año.

La mayoría de las vías evaluadas están calificadas en la banda de más alto riesgo: 1 o 2 estrellas. Las razones son claras e incluyen el hecho de que 80% de las vías que usan los peatones carecen de veredas (aceras) formales.  

Sin embargo, los planes de inversión para vías más seguras preparados durante el proyecto presentan soluciones igualmente claras. La construcción de 75 km de veredas en la N4, por ejemplo, podrá prevenir más de 3,000 muertes y lesiones graves por 20 años, lo que ahorrará US$40 millones en costos debido a colisiones.

El informe técnico del proyecto está disponible para ser descargado.

Está en marcha el proyecto Vías Seguras para las Vecindades del Sudeste (SENSOR)

Está en marcha el proyecto Vías Seguras para las Vecindades del Sudeste (SENSOR)

El proyecto SENSOR, de dos años de duración, agrupa a 14 países y es el resultado de una excelente cooperación entre los clubes de automóviles, universidades y autoridades viales.

La mayoría de los países del Sudeste de Europa están construyendo nuevas vías o rehabilitando las existentes para obtener los beneficios de una mejor movilidad. SENSOR facilita que estos países usen las técnicas del iRAP para canalizar la inversión a fin de que puedan elevar el nivel de seguridad vial y lo puedan cuantificar.

SENSOR está cofinanciado por South East Europe (SEE) Transnational Cooperation Programme y la Unión Europea.

 

Estudie sobre iRAP en la Universidad de Birmingham

La University of Birmingham está ofreciendo un curso práctico sobre iRAP para ingenieros de seguridad vial, gerentes y otros profesionales del sector.
 
Este primer curso, que cuenta con la colaboración del iRAP, incluye ejercicios prácticos, discusiones y exposición al software del iRAP. El curso de cinco días (del 2 al 6 de septiembre de 2013) se dictará en instalaciones que usan tecnología de vanguardia para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje.
 
Se espera que al finalizar el curso los participantes habrán adquirido conocimientos sobre:
 
  • Los fundamentos del enfoque del iRAP para la evaluación y mitigación de riesgos.
  • Los conceptos de mapeo de riesgos y el monitoreo del desempeño.
  • El concepto de clasificación por estrellas con base en los datos de inspección y diseño de las vías.
  • Los principios que deben guiar el plan de inversiones para construir vías más seguras.
  • Software del iRAP.
 
Road assessments in RS10 countries steaming ahead

Road assessments in RS10 countries steaming ahead

With the support of the GRSF and Bloomberg Philanthropies, opportunities to help make roads in Brazil, China, Egypt and India safe are being found.

In Brazil, the ‘Orange Angel’ vehicle has arrived to join the ‘Brazilian Angel’ vehicle in surveying priority roads.

In China, assessment results for two cities in Yunnan are being finalized now and assessments of rural roads in Shaanxi are underway. Plans are also being shaped for assessments of roads in Dalian city.

In Egypt, the Minister of Transport has endorsed plans assessments of high-risk roads.

In India, baseline Star Ratings are now available for roads in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam and Haryana, and road designs are also being assessed with the goal to achieve at least 3-stars for all road users. 

 

Study iRAP at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is now offering a hands-on iRAP course for road safety engineers, managers, and other road sector professionals.

The first course, delivered in collaboration with iRAP, includes practical exercises, discussions and exposure to the iRAP software. The course will be delivered over five days (2-6 September 2013) in state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities.

By the end of the course, the participants are expected to have acquired an understanding of the following: 

  • The fundamentals of the iRAP approach to risk assessment and mitigation.
  • The concepts of risk mapping and performance tracking.
  • The concept of star rating based on inspection data and road designs.
  • The principles of developing a safer roads investment plan.
  • The iRAP software.

To enrol in the course, visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/cpd/civil-engineering/irap.aspx#CourseOverviewTab

 

Award-winning efforts in Latin America

iRAP was recognised for its contributions to road safety at the annual FIA Region IV American Awards.

iRAP Regional Director, Julio Urzua, was recognised by FIA for his work on the creation and implementation of road safety initiatives for 2012, reaffirming motoring clubs commitments in strengthening the synergy between mobility and motorsport.

By the end of 2012, iRAP assessments had been undertaken in Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. 

 
Alto a los traumatismos múltiples en Bangladesh

Halting multiple traumas in Bangladesh

As part of efforts to curb tremendously high numbers of road deaths and serious injuries, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Bangladesh Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and iRAP have assessed roads that form the backbone of nation’s transport system.

The assessments occurred as part of the ADB’s first ‘road safety pipeline project’, which will ensure that the most urgent and cost-effective road safety programs are adopted as an integral part of the road safety policy of the Government.

During the project, it was estimated that deaths and serious injuries on the 1,300km of roads assessed cost more than US$300 million each year. 

The majority of roads assessed are rated in the highest risk bands: 1- or 2-stars. The reasons for this are clear and include the fact that 80% of the roads where pedestrians are likely to use the road have no formal footpaths.  

However, Safer Roads Investment Plans prepared in the project make the solutions equally clear. Construction of some 75km of footpaths on N4, for instance, could prevent more than 3,000 deaths and serious injuries over 20 years and save US$40 million in crash costs.

The project technical report is available for download.

 

Está en marcha el proyecto Vías Seguras para las Vecindades del Sudeste (SENSOR)

South East Neighbourhood Safe Routes (SENSOR) project underway

The two-year SENSOR project brings together 14 countries and builds on outstanding cooperation between automobile clubs, universities and road authorities.

Most countries in South East Europe are constructing new roads or rehabilitating existing roads to achieve mobility benefits. SENSOR enables these countries to use iRAP techniques to target investment so that they can raise the overall level of safety performance of routes in a measurable way. 

SENSOR is co-financed by the South East Europe (SEE) Transnational Cooperation Programme and the European Union.

 

Road safety across six continents

Road safety across six continents

For any road authority that has completed an iRAP assessment, the IRF’s “Road Safety Across Six Continents Seminar” can help put life-saving plans into practice.

The IRF’s Safer Roads by Design training program is among the most comprehensive in the world, and helps road authorities understand what can be done to meet their commitment to reduce deaths during the Decade of Action for Road Safety. 

The training program focuses on four main topics: Roadside Safety, Work Zone Safety, Vulnerable User Safety, and Road Safety Audits.

For more information on the next program, to be held on April 21-26, 2013 in Orlando, USA, visit:  http://www.irfnews.org/home/ or email: Mike Dreznes ([email protected]).  

 
Model School Zones in Mexico

Model School Zones in Mexico

Each day, more than six children die on their way to school in Mexico. iRAP is partnering with Safe Kids Mexico to help create safe environments for children to walk to and from school.

A pilot project is now being undertaken at a school in Mexico City, where a series of serious crashes in neighbouring streets have prompted calls for action.

Working with the University of North Carolina, iRAP is developing a tool that will eventually enable communities around the world to Star Rate roads around their schools and generate safety countermeasure plans.

The project is being supported by the Road Safety Fund.

 

FIA promueve la seguridad vial

FIA promoting road safety

FIA President Jean Todt and FIAA President Nitin Dossa recently saw first-hand efforts being made to improve safety in one of the world’s most populous countries.

Through the Action for Road Safety Campaign and its member clubs, FIA is working to help to reduce the road deaths in India, estimated to exceed 200,000 each year.

Government officials in Mumbai had the opportunity to view the survey vehicle used in iRAP assessments across seven States, review detailed road death investigation results and consider safety assessments for high-priority roads such as the Mumbai-Goa Highway which was the scene of a horrific crash that recently claimed 37 lives.

 
Road crashes estimated to cost at least 1.5% of GDP in Mexico

Road crashes estimated to cost at least 1.5% of GDP in Mexico

Leading news agencies in Mexico, including Reforma and terratv, have put a spotlight on the enormous cost of road crash deaths and serious injuries in the country, estimated to exceed US$50 billion each year.

The reports coincide with National Secretariat of Transport (SCT)-led iRAP assessments of more than 45,000km of roads. The assessments cover the federal highway network, including both toll-free and toll roads. 

In addition to producing road safety Star Ratings for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, it is anticipated that the assessments will identify countermeasures that could cut numbers of deaths and serious injuries by more than 25%.

 

 

 

New assessments underway in China

New assessments underway in China

New road safety inspections are being undertaken by ChinaRAP, a partnership between the Research Institute of Highway (RIOH), Ministry of Transport, and iRAP. 

The assessments involve inspections of urban roads in Mengzi and Jianshui (Yunnan) and highways in Shaanxi, and build on similar work already undertaken in Anhui.

The ChinaRAP road safety assessments will help guide multi-million dollar upgrades to the roads, which are financed by local governments and the World Bank and Asian Development Bank respectively.

In parallel to the assessments, ChinaRAP has also begun collaborating with other partners in the Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10). The collaboration is exploring ways that infrastructure improvements can complement efforts to reduce drink-driving rates and speeding in the cities of Dalian and Suzhuo. 

 

Making roads safer for pedestrians

Making roads safer for pedestrians

A report released by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD proposes 12 sets of measures to create safer walking environments. 

The report laments that the number of pedestrians killed on roads is estimated at above 400 000 each year – about a third of annual road fatalities around the globe.

Earlier this, iRAP reported that 84% of the approximately 50,000km of roads assessed in low- and middle-income countries where pedestrians are present carry traffic at 40km/h or more and have no footpaths.

The ITF report is timely as pedestrian safety will be the focus of the United Nations Road Safety Week from 6-13 May 2013.

In addition to the new report, ITF is calling for nominations for the Young Researcher of the Year Award. This year’s winner, Ms Wing Yee (Winnie) Lam, a Chinese national, was honoured for a developing a walkability audit as an assessment tool to evaluate the walking environment in urban areas.

 

New risk-ratings show safety improvements on State Highways

New risk-ratings show safety improvements on State Highways

The new KiwiRAP highway risk-ratings show safety has improved significantly on several Auckland and Northland State Highways over the past five years.

The length of road rated as high or medium-high risk reduced by 18% (from 475km to 388km) as a result of road improvements, including signage upgrades, an extension of roadside barriers, improved lighting and sealed shoulder widening, and targeted Police campaigns against speeding and drinking drivers.

NZTA’s Auckland and Northland Regional Director, Stephen Town said KiwiRAP is a powerful tool for increasing public awareness that not all highways are the same. “Drivers and riders who are aware of the higher risk highways can then adjust their driving to take extra care. Similarly, we can identify safety shortcomings that can then be addressed with practical road safety measures.

The new KiwiRAP report is available at: http://kiwirap.org.nz/downloads.html

 

 

EuroRAP publishes new website

EuroRAP publishes new website

EuroRAP began as an idea in 1999 to address the unnecessary and preventable toll of death and serious injury on Europe’s roads. 

The commitment of its Members has won the programme overwhelming support. In the past decade EuroRAP has grown from a 4-country pilot to a programme now active in over 30 countries.

EuroRAP believes that in the next decade Europe can save at least 0.5% of GDP with an affordable, high return programme – saving at least 300 deaths and serious injuries every day.

To visit the new website, go to http://eurorap.org.

 

 

 

 

10 years of EuroRAP in Spain celebrated

10 years of EuroRAP in Spain celebrated

To celebrate 10 years of EuroRAP in Spain, RACC have released EuroRAP 10 anos en Espana: Analisis de los resultados de los 10 anos de EuroRAP en Espana, looking back over the programme’s development and results.

The study details the evolution of different variables (such as length of the network, AADT and the number of fatal and serious crashes) used to generate EuroRAP risk ratings over the last 10 years, starting with the first EuroRAP study in 2002 through to the most recent in 2011.

The network analysed in the report covers the Spanish Road Network (RCE) spanning 23,528km. Although the total distance travelled on the RCE increased by 6% in the last 10 years, the number of deaths and serious injuries decreased by 58%.

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering a Safer Future: UK EuroRAP Results 2012

Engineering a Safer Future: UK EuroRAP Results 2012

Simple attention to safety engineering detail has resulted in extraordinary cuts in road deaths and serious injuries, according to the latest tracking survey by the Road Safety Foundation.

Engineering a Safer Future found that fatal and serious injury crashes on 10 stretches of treated road fell by nearly two thirds from 541 to 209 (2001-2005 and 2006-2010) – boosting the economy by £35m every year.

This year’s most improved road is a rural 20km (13 mile) single carriageway section of the A605. Over the two survey periods, fatal and serious crashes fell by 74% from 34 to 9, and its risk rating improved from medium in 2001-2005 to low-medium in 2006-2010. 

Engineering a Safer Future was produced with support from Ageas UK. The report measures safety levels across 27,000 miles of motorway and A roads where the majority of UK road deaths occur.

 

 
Informe de seguridad identifica la necesidad de mejoras en Alemania

Informe de seguridad identifica la necesidad de mejoras en Alemania

El club de automovilismo de Alemania, ADAC, ha encontrado que en redes extra-urbanas, cerca de 50% de las víctimas del tránsito pierden la vida en autopistas y carreteras federales, lo cual representa sólo 10% de la extensión de la red.

Los hallazgos se incluyen en el informe, Road Test 2008-2010 (Prueba en Carretera 2008-2010), que revisa las estadísticas de colisiones, presenta las Clasificaciones por Estrellas de EuroRAP y establece las acciones necesarias para salvar vidas.

El informe también indica que debido a la presencia de peligros laterales a la vía (árboles), las altas tasas de adelantamiento y las altas velocidades en las carreteras federales alemanas, se otorgan Clasificaciones por Estrellas más bajas que las autopistas alemanas y las vías extra-urbanas que soportan volúmenes similares de tránsito en otras partes de Europa.

El informe de la Prueba en Carretera complementa otras evaluaciones de seguridad de la infraestructura realizadas por ADAC; tales como Pedestrian Crossings in Europe (Cruces Peatonales en Europa), que evaluó la seguridad en 285 cruces en 19 ciudades.

 

Previniendo traumatismos y apoyando el crecimiento económico en Belice

Previniendo traumatismos y apoyando el crecimiento económico en Belice

El tramo de 80 km de la Autopista Occidental de Belice se tornará mucho más seguro gracias a los esfuerzos del gobierno y del Banco de Desarrollo del Caribe.

Una evaluación reciente de iRAP encontró que casi toda la autopista está clasificada con 1 ó 2 estrellas para ocupantes de vehículos, quienes representan el mayor número de muertes en las carreteras de Belice.

Como parte del proyecto, las mejoras en la infraestructura vial se complementarán con esfuerzos por crear conciencia entre los usuarios de las vías, lograr un mayor cumplimiento de las reglas de tránsito, tener una mejor respuesta post-colisión, y brindar mayor capacitación.

Después de que se completen las mejoras en la infraestructura, se utilizarán evaluaciones de IRAP adicionales para medir las reducciones en el nivel de riesgo. 

 

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