FIA-ITF Safer City Streets publishes benchmark of urban road safety | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

FIA-ITF Safer City Streets publishes benchmark of urban road safety

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10.12.18

The Safer City Streets initiative, supported by the FIA Road Safety Grant programme and the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), is a platform for the road safety community to develop both a knowledge network and a global database centered on urban mobility. 

On 20 November 2018, the ITF published “Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety, its first global benchmark of urban road safety.

The data, collected from 31 cities in 20 countries, reveals striking differences in road safety performance between cities.

The number of road fatalities in the benchmarked cities range from 0.9 to 24 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The document shows that pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists account for nearly 80% of urban traffic fatalities. Cities should thus intensify efforts to improve the safety of vulnerable road users.

Overall, the document facilitates the evaluation, monitoring and benchmarking of road safety outcomes, supporting cities in setting their own road safety targets.

Launched in October 2016 at the UN Habitat III Conference and, the initiative has grown rapidly to include over 40 cities, offering a global database for road safety performance.

The next meeting of the network of experts will take place on 10-11 April 2019 in Buenos Aires, with strong involvement of the FIA Region IV office and a number of Clubs from the region.