There’s been a lot of buzz on social media about the societal and cultural shifts to make streets safer, more sustainable, and more equitable for all road users. This week the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety released their recommendations in Stockholm. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the Government of Sweden this work highlights the importance of synthesizing road safety, security, climate change and sustainable development goals.
The old model looked at road building, safety and health, and sustainability as separate line items instead of a synergistic model. The first tenet developed by the Academic Expert Group was the reduction of all road speeds in cities to 30 kilometers per hour unless a “higher speed” can be proven safe. This provides more equity and less health risk for pedestrians and cyclists without the opportunity cost of fatalities and serious injuries.
Secondly globally road safety should have a more holistic approach involving utilities, businesses, and cities, broadening the traditional responsibility of governmental authorities.
The need for oversight and quality assurance for all users of transportation corridors is is vital for citizens and sustainability, especially when transit and highway systems are controlled by one entity.
The list of participants in the process of developing these recommendations include top public health practitioners, and Dr. Fred Wegman, the inventor of the Safe Systems Approach.
You can watch the interview below of the Academic Expert Group participants as they explore their interests in developing a new road map to safe roads. Read more »