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Safer City Streets Network: 5th meeting

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The ITF Safer City Streets initiative offers a platform for road safety experts to share their experience and develop a global database at city level. A full network meeting will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10-11 April 2019.

The agenda will reflect the priorities of the host city, which are particularly relevant to Latin American cities:

  • Crash and casualty data collection systems, with a goal to exploit all available data sources and reduce under-reporting.
  • Mobility data collection methods (e.g. origin-destination surveys and on-street counts) so as to guarantee comparability over time and between cities, which is essential in casualty risk analysis.
  • Transit safety, with a particular focus on reducing the number of vulnerable road users killed and seriously injured in collisions with buses.
  • Acting on infrastructure and behaviours to reduce the risk to vulnerable road users (speed, unprotected routes to school, etc.).

Similarly to the 3rd meeting in Rome, Italy, ITF and Bloomberg Philanthropies will schedule their meetings back-to-back so as to maximise learning opportunities. Side events are proposed by various other organisations and will bring further synergies.

The ITF Safer City Streets initiative was launched in October 2016 at the UN Habitat III Conference. Thanks to the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant programme, as well as the support from the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), it has grown rapidly to include over 40 cities and offers a global database for road safety performance. The initiative's results include the publication of a global road safety benchmark.

Network meetings are organised twice a year, generally hosted by a member city. Most participants are from local government, road safety research organisations, NGOs and development banks. Each of the previous meetings in Paris, Brussels, Rome and London attracted over 50 participants.

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