IRTAD Annual Road Safety Report 2020
The International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) published the Road Safety Annual Report 2020, which provides an overview of road safety performance for 42 IRTAD countries. Based on the latest data, the report describes recent road safety developments in these countries and compares their performance against the main road safety indicators. This year, a highly interesting special section on the impact of covid-19 pandemic on road accidents is added. NTUA has contributed to the detailed report for Greece.
World Bank GRSF – Low and Middle-Income Country Profiles for Road Safety Opportunities and Challenges, October 2020
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) has published a Guide, which gives a precise assessment on the magnitude and complexity of road safety challenges faced by Low and Middle Income Countries and assists policy makers understand the road safety framework in context of their own country systems and performance. This valuable Guide responds to the critical need for collecting and documenting accurate road safety performance data.
PIARC – Review of Global Road Safety Audit Guidelines, 2020
The World Road Association – PIARC recently published the “Review of Global Road Safety Audit Guidelines – With Specific Consideration for Low- and Middle-Income Countries”. This Report involves a comprehensive review of current Road Safety Audit Manuals and Guidelines from a range of different countries to establish current practices and considers previous international reviews to determine key areas where additional guidance is required, or exemplar practice is well established. The initial consideration is given to the core issues facing many countries regarding implementing a comprehensive audit system.
NACTO – iRAP Star Ratings of the Global Street Design Guide, October 2020
The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), a program of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), in partnership with the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) published recently the “iRAP Star Ratings of NACTO-GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide”. Released in 2016, the Global Street Design Guide has served as a blueprint for safer and higher-performing streets, and as a tool for addressing the 1.35 million road accident deaths and up to 50 million injuries that occur each year as a result of poorly-designed roads. As such, iRAP’s Star Rating methodology offers a useful framework for validating the tools and transformations featured in the publication.
ITF – Monitoring Progress in Urban Road Safety, 2020
The International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) published recently a new Report: “Monitoring Progress in Urban Road Safety Report”, tracking progress in reducing the number of road traffic fatalities and serious injuries in cities since 2010. It presents traffic safety data collected in 48 cities participating in the ITF Safer City Streets network and compares urban with national road safety trends. It provides indicators for the risk of traffic death for different road user groups, thereby enhancing the evaluation, monitoring and benchmarking of road safety outcomes.
IRTAD 31st Meeting, virtual, 2020
The International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum (ITF) organised online the 31st Meeting on 22 October 2020, in which the latest international road safety developments were discussed. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentation: Impact of COVID-19 on traffic safety behavior in Greece and worldwide
Radar/Slain – Modelling Road Safety using Network-wide Risk Assessment, October 2020
Within the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities organised by the European Committee of the Regions, RADAR and SLAIN projects were featured in the session ”Modelling the future of Road Safety using Network-wide Risk Assessment”, which was held with great success on 14 October 2020. Key questions concerned: How do you design a safe road infrastructure? How can you identify risk on roads? How do you propose an economically viable crash countermeasure?
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Network-wide Road Safety Assessment
Pioneer Alliance – Smart and Sustainable Cities School, Lisbon, October 2020
The Pioneer Alliance organised successfully an open session for Viewpoints on Sustainable Cities, within the Internet of Things for Smart Cities School. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
9th International Conference Road Safety in Local Community, Banja Luka, October 2020
The Traffic Safety Agency of Republic of Srpska in cooperation with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) organized with great success the 9th International Conference Road Safety in Local Community, in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska on 29-30 October 2020. The Conference was aiming to strengthen and develop capacities at the local level and create synergies for significant road safety improvements in the country.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Road Safety Strategy in Greece
Vulnerable road users: Cross-cultural perspectives on performance and attitudes, September 2020
A paper titled “Vulnerable road users: Cross-cultural perspectives on performance and attitudes“, authored by George Yannis, Dimitris Nikolaou, Alexandra Laiou, Yvonne Achermann Stürmer, Ilona Buttler, Dagmara Jankowska-Karpa is now published in the Journal of IATSS. The results of this paper indicate that crossing the road at places other than nearby pedestrian crossings, reading a text message or checking social media while walking on the streets, cycling and riding without wearing a helmet, and speeding on powered two-wheelers outside built-up areas but not on motorways/freeways were the most frequently reported self-declared behaviours in 32 countries. Key solutions on preventing road crashes and increasing vulnerable road users’ safety are discussed.