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.