Thursday, 18 October 2012

Planning for safer urban roads

A speaker at the workshop, held at the College of Traffic Management
The Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) has provided training in Urban Transport Planning to Indian and Indonesian engineers, academics and policymakers at its College of Traffic Management, with support from the Road Safety Fund's small grants programme.

The three-day course on Urban Transport Planning & Traffic Management, aimed at capacity building in the South Asian region, was held at the College of Traffic Management in Faridabad, just outside Delhi. The workshop brought together 33 participants from the Indian Police, Central Public Works Department of Government of India, the Indian Highways Authority and Delhi International Airport, as well as professors and lecturers from univeristies in Indonesia. The objective of the course was to improve the skills and capacity of highway engineers and the traffic police in safely designing and managing road systems with mixed traffic conditions, and ensuring that all road users - particularly the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and cyclists - are able to safely share urban space with motorised traffic. Areas covered in the course included traffic and and transport engineering, traffic legislation and good practice in management, safety audit and enforcement. The course was co-sponsored by the Road Safety Fund and the Bureau of Police Research & Development in the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.

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