Sunday, 9 December 2012
Observer spotlight on killer road
article in today's Observer magazine on the N2 highway in Bangladesh, one of the most dangerous roads ever surveyed by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) . Around 60% of casualties on the highway are pedestrians, because the design of the new road took no account of the people living, working and walking alongside it. The Road Safety Fund is proud to be supporting the work of iRAP, which maps, assesses and rates these killer roads, and proposes detailed and costed infrastucture improvements. Many of these remedies are extremely cost-effective, and governments and the development banks are being encouraged to ensure that no roads are built or upgraded to less than a 3 star iRAP standard. Achieving this on the highest risk roads would save many thousands of lives.