Monday, 27 February 2012

Crash course for India's roads

Experts from across the world have gathered at the new College of Traffic Management in Delhi, India, for a capacity development workshop on crash investigation. The meeting, supported in part through a grant from the Road Safety Fund, was organised by the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) which has established and manages the College in Faridabad.

Speakers at the workshop on 23-24 February included the President of IRTE, Rohit Baluja; GK Pillai, a former Home Secretary of India (above); Dr Jeffrey P. Michael, Associate Administrator with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Dr Nata Menadbe, WHO Representative to India; and Robert Novak of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Sessions included forensic investigation of crash sites, law enforcement, data management, emergency response and a presentation on Global NCAP, a Fund-supported initiative, by Rita Cuypers of the FIA Foundation. The mainly Indian audience reviewed best practice from a wide range of countries including Austria, Cambodia, the UK and the US, companies such as Bosch, and organisations including the International Road Federation and TISPOL, as well as hearing from several Indian practioners in law, trauma care, the police and crash investigation.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Surreal win for YOURS

Congratulations to YOURS, the 'Youth for Road Safety' organisation, for winning an award for their 'surreal' awareness posters, and for injecting a rare bit of humour into the road safety world. The posters are free to download and use.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Crash test global meeting

The annual meeting of the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), an independent vehicle crash testing initiative supported by the Road Safety Fund, will be held in Malacca, Malaysia, on 23-24 May. The event, hosted by the Malaysian Institute for Road Safety Research (MIROS) will include the launch of the new ASEAN NCAP, designed to provide independent and impartial safety advice to Asian consumers. For more information see here.

Monday, 6 February 2012

"Like paradise"

United Nations Avenue in Nairobi has become a beacon for safe and sustainable road transport, providing safe space for both vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists. Recently re-modelled by the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority (Kura) as an initiative of the UN Environment Programme's 'Share the Road' campaign, which is supported by the Road Safety Fund, the road was featured as a good news story in Kenya's 'Standard' newspaper:

'...the design of the road lays as much emphasis on pedestrians and cyclists as it does on motorists. To achieve this, one side of the road has been divided into three parts: A pedestrian walkway that measures two metres, a cycling lane measuring three metres and the normal road for motorists...the contractor has put multiple protective rails each with a reflective tape for night vision.

...Drivers on the road have given the project the thumbs up, saying it would now be difficult to cause an accident. Mr Murithi Gitau, a matatu driver plying Gachie route, said his wish would be to have all the roads in Nairobi transformed in a similar manner. "At night its like paradise, the reflectors make us see the road properly", offered Gitau.'

There has also been a positive reaction from cyclists and pedestrians using the route (shown above right during construction). The challenge now is to extend the philosophy of safe shared space beyond a model road and onto the wider network, not only in Nairobi but in cities across the world.