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Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety

Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety

This document aims to support cities in setting road safety targets and to monitor progress in improving urban road safety. 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. This document presents traffic safety indicators for different road user groups collected in 31 cities to facilitate the evaluation, monitoring and benchmarking of road safety outcomes. It places a particular attention on measuring the risk of fatality per unit distance travelled.

In SpanishCalles Más Seguras: Benchmarking Mundial de Seguridad Vial Urbana

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Policy Insights

  • Develop mobility observatories in cities.
  • Collect traffic casualty data from hospitals, not only from police records.
  • Adopt ambitious targets to reduce the number of casualties.
  • Focus on protecting vulnerable road users.
  • Use appropriate indicators to measure the safety of vulnerable road users in cities.
  • Estimate daytime population to improve the comparability of traffic safety statistics.
  • Prioritise research on urban road crashes.

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