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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.

 

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FIA promoting road safety

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.

 
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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%.

 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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%.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 
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Rapid progress in Mexico

Some 45,000km of roads have now been surveyed as part the Government of Mexico’s strategy to provide safe roads for economic and social development.

The iRAP project is being led by the National Secretariat of Transport (SCT) and will make use of Star Ratings to benchmark infrastructure risk across 10% of the nation’s roads (a third of all paved roads).

Along with iRAP data, the surveys are collecting pavement data that will be used for asset management, making the undertaking very cost effective. The project will also be the first to make use of iRAP’s new online software, ViDA, which offers greatly increased processing speeds and more expansive reporting.

 

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