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Eradicating risk on Dutch provincial roads

Eradicating risk on Dutch provincial roads

A new ANWB report finds that although the Netherlands is a world leader in road safety, additional efforts are needed in order to achieve the national target.

The report finds that most (62%) of the nation’s provincial roads are rated just 1- or 2-stars for vehicle occupants. This helps to explain why more than 25% of fatal crashes take place on provincial roads although together these roads account for only 6% of the total Dutch road network. 

Provincial roads are generally well managed and maintained but the combination of a high speed limit (80 km/h) and the profiles of these roads means that a great many of them are not suited to handling large traffic flows safely.

Numerous safety improvements are suggested in the report, such as safety barriers, street lights and rumble strips.

While the current report focuses on vehicle occupants, a second edition is planned which will examine the unique features of bicycling infrastructure in the Netherlands.

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Safe System infrastructure: implementation issues in low- and middle-income countries

Safe System infrastructure: implementation issues in low- and middle-income countries

A new report published by ARRB Group examines issues that are thought to be preventing the uptake of ‘Safe System’ infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries.

The report is a summary of a workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand as part of the 2012 GRSP / iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop involving delegates from governments and road authorities around the Asia-Pacific region. The aims of the workshop were to raise awareness of Safe System infrastructure treatments, such roundabouts, safety barriers and pedestrian crossings, and explore factors impeding their implementation.

Although cost was often cited as an impediment, factors relating to design, user compliance and maintenance were also considered to be very important. 

The outcomes of the workshop will help road authorities, researchers and industry understand ways in which the uptake of highly effective infrastructure treatments can be accelerated. The information will also be used to update the Road Safety Toolkit

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‘Orange Angel’ and ‘Brazilian Angel’ on the road!

‘Orange Angel’ and ‘Brazilian Angel’ on the road!

Following the completion of road inspections by the ‘Orange Angel’ and the ‘Brazilian Angel’, assessments are now being carried out for more than 4,000km roads in the State of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Initially, Star Ratings and Safer Roads Investment Plans will be produced for nine high-priority World Bank-financed corridors.

As part of the project’s capacity building and communications strategy, local stakeholders and World Bank representatives recently participated in a workshop on the iRAP methodology and expected outcomes of the project.

 

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ChinaRAP @ RS4C

ChinaRAP @ RS4C

Hundreds of participants from around the world visited Beijing for the Road Safety on Four Continents (RS4C) conference, the 16th in the series.

ChinaRAP played a high-profile role at the conference, including by participating in “Sharing Road Safety – International Workshop in Scientific Safety Estimation” (co-sponsored by Research Institute of Highway of China, Beijing University of Technology, ITF/OECD, TRB, VTI) and the “Sharing solutions for transitioning economies” workshop (co-sponsored by GRSF and the World Bank). 

ChinaRAP is currently actively supporting government, World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects in Anhui, Guizhou, Henan, Liaoning, Shaanxi and Yunnan.

The event also provided the opportunity for high-level discussions with Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security officials.

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Gary Liddle joins our efforts to save lives

Gary Liddle joins our efforts to save lives

I am delighted to announce that Gary Liddle, the Chief Executive of VicRoads (an Australian state government road agency), has joined the iRAP Board.

Gary’s and VicRoads’ efforts, including delivery of the billion-dollar Transport Accident Commission (TAC)-funded Safer Road Infrastructure Program, have helped make Victoria a world-leader in road safety. In 2012, Victoria achieved its lowest-ever number of road deaths (282 fatalities / 5 per 100,000 population).

Gary also brings a wealth of experience from his work with Austroads, ARRB Group, the World Road Association (PIARC) and REAAA.

When it comes to road infrastructure, lives are not saved until safety treatments are built. We can eliminate 1- and 2-star roads and celebrate the opening of new 4- and 5-star roads.

With large-scale safety programs already saving lives in Victoria, Gary’s practical experience will help guide our work globally as we partner with road authorities, development banks and auto-clubs to achieve our vision of a world free of high-risk roads.

Rob McInerney
CEO, iRAP 

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KOTI joins the iRAP family

KOTI joins the iRAP family

The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) and iRAP have signed a Centre of Excellence agreement, which will support efforts in the development of road infrastructure safety in Korea as well as in the international community.

Speaking at a special seminar, KOTI Pesident, Gyenchul Kim, said: “To achieve high performance on road safety, all road safety factors including road users, vehicles, and road infrastructure should be safer than now. We are showing a high level of seat belt usage compared to 20 years ago. We are also making vehicles which compete with the other safer cars around the globe. Now is the time to make road infrastructure safer in the world.”

KOTI joins four other iRAP Centres of Excellence: ARRB Group, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), TRL, MRIGLobal and the Instituto Mexicano del Transporte.

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South Africa free of high-risk roads

South Africa free of high-risk roads

RMTC, the lead agency for road traffic management in South Africa, has established the South African Road Assessment Program (SARAP) to help prevent the more than 14,000 road deaths that occur each year in the country.

Speaking at a major launch event, acting CEO, Collins Letsoalo  said the South Africa “free of high risk roads” initiative will include:

  • Assessment and performance tracking on 36,000km of road where over 50% of fatalities in South Africa occur.
  • Targeted investment in proven high return treatments across the country.
  • The elimination of one and two star roads by 2020.

The initiative will draw on the co-operation and dedicated support of stakeholders such as the Department of Transport, Ministry of Finance, SANRAL, SARF, Road Accident Fund, SALGA, South African Police Service, Universities and CSIR. 

SARAP will also involve capacity building, evaluations, communications and employment generation efforts.

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Training helps accelerate and scale-up safety efforts in India

Training helps accelerate and scale-up safety efforts in India

‘Designing safer roads for all’ was the theme of a week-long road engineering safety training course held in Bangalore, India.

Participants from across India and nearby countries had the opportunity to learn about Star Rating road designs, crash investigations, road safety audits, black spot management, engineering treatments for run-off, head-on and intersection crashes, and designing for vulnerable road users and mixed traffic. 

The course was closely linked with iRAP assessments, which now cover some 6,500km of roads in seven Indian States. More than 100 engineers have participated in iRAP-specific training since 2010. 

Importantly, investments to improve many of the roads assessed with iRAP tools have been locked into World Bank-financed projects, estimated to be worth more than USD 3.5 billion. Designs for almost 30% of the roads assessed have already been Star Rated, helping to ensure that safety is built-in to the plans prior to construction.

The course culminated in a site visit to the Mysore safe demonstration corridor which will soon be upgraded. Visit our Flickr page to see photos of the visit.

The training course was an initiative of the GRSF and provided as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies global road safety program.

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AMZS publish comprehensive RAP results for Slovenia

AMZS publish comprehensive RAP results for Slovenia

In the first report of its kind, AMZS have brought together results from all RAP protocols for roads in Slovenia.

Risk Mapping results on 6,500km of the road network for the period 2006-2011 showed that motorways and expressways are the safest road type, with an average fatal and serious crash rate 6 times lower than main roads and 8 times lower than regional roads. Just 1% of the network fell into the higher risk categories compared to 23% of main roads and 31% of regional roads. Performance tracking over time showed a significant improvement in the proportion of the network rated higher risk compared to 2006-2008.

The report includes results from pilot road inspections covering 270km. Over 90% of the expressway routes achieved a 4-star rating, with a lack of paved shoulders identified as a key roadside hazard. Main road sections scored much lower, with the majority rated as 1- or 2-stars. Narrow driving lanes, steep embankments and poor junction layout were identified as problem areas.

A detailed Safer Roads Investment Plan on the main road from Ljubljana Kocevje-Petrina showed that improving intersection layout, widening lanes and adding paved shoulders and roadside barriers on just 32km of road would require investment of €2 million and would yield a €16 million return over 20 years, equating to a benefit cost ratio of 7.5.

The full report can be downloaded from: http://eurorap.org/media/182412/EuroRAP_SLO_2012_Eng.zip

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