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Safer City Streets

Pedestrian killed per kilometre walked city comparaison

Safer City Streets is the global traffic safety network for liveable cities. Safer city Streets helps cities to improve their urban road safety performance by sharing data, experiences and knowledge – by learning from each other. Currently, 34 cities are taking part in Safer City Streets. The network is managed by the International Transport Forum (ITF), which collects and analyses relevant data from cities in a dedicated database.

Why safer streets?

Every minute, a person dies in city traffic. Millions are killed or injured every year causing great human suffering and costing around 3% of GDP. Crashes also nurture a feeling of insecurity. Among people killed on city streets, 8 out of 10 are pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Where streets are seen as dangerous, efforts to promote walking and cycling are undermined. Reducing the risks of urban traffic thus not only saves lives. Safer streets encourage sustainable forms of transport and help a city reduce pollution, cut emissions, fight congestion and have healthier citizens – in short, to make a city more liveable.

Networking for effective urban road safety policies

Cities address many challenges by working together and learning from each other – but so far not in road safety. Safer City Streets fills this gap by linking cities that want to make their citizens safer in traffic. Safer City Streets provides city officials with high­-value information for better decision making. Member cities have access to policy-­relevant data, a network of experts and targeted analyses Safer City Streets supports global networking and creates targeted learning opportunities for officials. It can also carry out research on topics of common interest. 

Safer City Streets builds on a 2013 pilot project with nine cities from Europe and North America that agreed to share data on crashes, population, mobility and traffic. The success of the pilot gave birth to the idea of a worldwide network. Safer City Streets is being developed by the ITF and modelled on the global road safety network of countries hosted by the ITF (known as the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group, or IRTAD) , that has run for more than 25 years. The IRTAD Group has been hailed by the World Health Organization as “a model of a multi­-country effort” and its crash data as “simply the best in the world” by Global NCAP, the car assessment programme.

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Join the network!

Participating in Safer City Streets is free in 2016 and 2017, thanks to the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme. Cities contribute in kind by providing data to the Safer City Street database via a questionnaire. All cities that provide data have free access to data from their peers, allowing comparisons. Cities that cannot provide data for the whole questionnaire can still participate, but are encouraged to share data as far as they can. The ITF manages the data collection and validation, analyses the data and administrates the network, its discussions, meetings and publications. 

From 2018, to cover the running costs and sustain the growth of the network, a membership fee will be introduced. This will not exceed EUR 5 000 per year. The ITF is inviting cities to take part in this initiative. In a first phase of operation, the network will be limited to 25 cities from all continents. 

Members of Safer City Streets

Safer City Streets participating cities

Aguascalientes, Amsterdam, Astana, Auckland, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Bogotá, Bordeaux, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Dublin, Fortaleza, Guadalajara, Kiev, La Paz, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Morelia, Nantes, New York City, Paris, Riga, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo, Stockholm, The Hague, Vilnius, Warsaw, Zürich

To express your interest and learn more, please contact: Alexandre Santacreu

Go to the Safer City Streets brochure 
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Project Methodology

Milestones

  • September 2016 – road safety data collection from cities
  • October 2016 – official launch of the project at the UN conference Habitat III
  • November 2016 – operational database, with access for member cities
  • April 2017 – first meeting of the group
  • May 2018 – Safer City Streets is one of the highlights of the International Transport Forum’s Summit which brings together Ministers from ITF member countries and many business leaders

Database and analysis

Data collection and analysis is key to developing road safety policies in cities. The improvement of data collection methods will be at the heart of Safer City Streets.

The International Transport Forum has created a database to collect and disseminate road safety data from cities. To make figures comparable between cities of various sizes, data on population, mobility and traffic will be collected. This information will be hosted by the OECD and made available through the OECD statistical portal to the cities which take part in Safer City Streets.

Database contents include:

  • number of road deaths and serious injuries (by mode of travel)
  • seat-belt wearing rate
  • helmet wearing rate
  • population (by gender and age)
  • daytime population, defined as the sum of the resident population and the net influx of commuters
  • vehicle-kilometres (by vehicle type)
  • trips (by mode of travel)
  • passenger-kilometres (by mode of travel)
  • vehicle fleet (by vehicle type)

Cities are encouraged to produce estimates for the entire range of casualty, mobility and traffic data. However, cities with missing data are welcome to join and provide as much as they can.

The pilot stage of Safer City Streets was completed in 2013. It revealed that, among the number of people killed in city traffic, the share of vulnerable road users is very high and rising. This is an important finding, which will be used to better focus the activities of the network.

Go to publication on Methodology for Developing the Database and Network

Vulnerable road users share of accidents

The share of vulnerable road users is highest in dense municipalities where mobility relies essentially on public transit, walking, cycling and powered 2-wheelers.

Road traffic fatalities annual reduction

In comparison to other road users, the number of road deaths among vulnerable road users is not falling as fast. Their share in the total number of deaths is rising as a result.

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