European Commission - Road safety: Encouraging results in 2016 call for continued efforts to save lives on EU roads
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors organised with great success the 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference on Road Safety: Road Safety and Children in Thessaloniki on 19-21 May 2017 with main objective to road safety in Greece in relation to children, the innovations designed and implemented to improve safety of drivers, roads, and pedestrians in Greece. Several results from road accident data analysis and methodologies and modern technologies related to road safety, which have been implemented or are proposed and are going to be implemented in Greece were presented. NTUA presentations concerned:Problems and solutions for children road safety in developed countries
This year’s Annual Polis Conference on “Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions” will take place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in Brussels, organised by POLIS. The conference provides an opportunity for cities, metropolitan areas and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience, and for the wider transport community to engage with representatives of local and regional authorities on innovative transport solutions. This year’s conference technical sessions will showcase many of the key topics recently explored by POLIS within its thematic working groups and projects.
With the support of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), “A while ago…” campaign is an RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ initiative designed and hosted in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission for Greece and as a joint Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) and RSI initiative for Cyprus. The campaign is at the core of RSI’s road safety actions implemented specifically to mark the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, which focuses on speed, identified worldwide as a major risk factor of death and disability aiming to raise awareness among the Greek and Cypriot public about the dangers of speeding.
The World Road Association-PIARC recently published a report entitled: “Experience with Significant Incidents in Road Tunnels”. Approximately ten to fifteen years ago many countries introduced tunnel safety management systems and started paying attention to tunnel safety in a more structured way. Experience with tunnel incidents and methods for incident evaluation and risk analysis have led to developments in organisation and management and to improvements in the systems in use. In this report several contributing countries share information on lessons learned from incidents and developments in safety management and risk analysis and conclusions are drawn on topics of general interest.
DEKRA has updated its online tool to track the status of “Vision Zero”, a multinational road traffic safety project that aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities. Overall, the figures show that, far from being an illusion, “vision zero” is attainable in urban habitats and already a reality in many towns and cities. This highlights the need to step up efforts to learn from successful towns and cities, to further improve road safety and get ever closer to achieving the vision – including with regard to serious injuries. The interactive map shows not only the 17 countries originally examined but is constantly being expanded and updated using further data as it becomes available.
The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) supporting global action aiming at halving the number of road death and injuries from road crashes by 2020 released a new knowledge repository on road safety. The Global Transport Knowledge Practice (gTKP) hosts work produced by Project Group 1 and Project Group 2 of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group (UNRSC). The release is being made possible by work of many of the members of the UNRSC and support from the World Bank hosted Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and from RoadSafe UK.
Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) has published its fourth biennial report in 2016 on the performance of the TEN-T (Roads) network within CEDR member countries. CEDR’s intention in collecting and publishing this information is to establish a stable set of data with which to monitor trends and identify changes in the performance of the TEN-T (Roads) network. As such, the report is a useful source of information for individual National Road Administrations (NRAs), regulatory bodies, and others for benchmarking purposes and for setting national performance targets.
NTUA within the framework of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week organised with great success a Workshop titled “The Future of Road Safety Research” on 15 May 2017 at the NTUA Campus in Athens. The objective of this Workshop is to highlight through an intensive flow of presentations the main findings and challenges of key road safety research projects carried out within the NTUA Laboratory of Traffic Engineering and to open up the discussion in a round table on the future of road safety research in Greece, in Europe and worldwide. Special emphasis will be given to managing speed for improving road safety in line with the UN Global Road Safety Week objectives.
Workshop presentations concerned:
The NTUA Road Safety Observatory – Nrso
The European Road Safety Observatory – Erso+
The European Road Safety Decision Support System – SafetyCube
The CEDR Road Safety APM and CMF Repository – Pract
The African Road Safety Observatory – SaferAfrica
Global benchmarking of road safety in cities – IrtadCities
Predicting road accidents with real time data – WeatherSafe
Monitoring road safety culture in Europe – SafeCulture
Monitoring road safety attitudes in Europe – Esra
Monitoring behaviour of older road users in Europe – ElderSafe
Monitoring road safety risk factors and measures – SafetyCube
Monitoring driver distraction – Distract
Monitoring behaviour of drivers with cognitive impairment – DriverBrain
Monitoring driver behaviour through mobile phones – OSeven
The future of road safety research – HELLASTRON
The future of road safety research – Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Quantitative Methods in Road Safety – HITE
The 13th PRI World Congress and Exhibition on “Road Governance & Its Impact on Road Safety: Achieving UN Decade of Action’s Road Safety Targets“, organised by La Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI) took place with great success in Gammarth, Tunisia, on 3 – 7 May 2017. The aim of the Congress was to: identify dangerous roadside hazards, understand the issues facing pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, public transport and non-motorized vehicle safety, obtain an understanding of work zones & how they can be made safer, learn how to create a road safety audit team and discuss how to collect data to assess the performance of roads, and how technology can be utilized to enhance operations and safety of roads.
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Parliamentarians worldwide are being urged to support action to meet the United Nation’s (UN) target to halve road deaths by the end of the decade. With 3500 people killed every day in traffic crashes the Manifesto #4RoadSafety issued by the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators highlights the measures that can help prevent this tragic waste of human life on the world’s roads. The Manifesto #4RoadSafety includes ten key recommendations to encourage parliamentarians to support the current United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and endorses a new ‘SAVE LIVES’ package of road injury prevention measures issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Manifesto #4RoadSafety includes recommendations on speed management and the Safe System approach, occupational road safety, good governance and funding for road injury prevention, the role of the multilateral development banks, and proposes a new UN target for road safety in 2030.
SafetyCube is a research project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in the domain of Road Safety. The project started on May 1st, 2015 and runs for a period of three years with primary objective to develop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide. NTUA is actively contributing to all phases of the SafetyCube project.
The latest SafetyCube newsletter is now available, including very useful Practical Guidelines for determining the number of serious road injuries.
The World Health Organization has released a report – road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners that examines road traffic injuries and fatalities involving two- and three-wheeled powered vehicles, such as motorcycles and e-bikes. The report provides information for developing and implementing safety measures that may reduce risk factors, especially at the local or regional level.
On March 23rd, during its 74th session, UN World Road Safety Forum discussed an Informal Document on automated driving. This document, submitted by the Chair of WP.1 Informal Working Group of Experts on Automated Driving (IWG-AD), provides a draft common understanding of the Vienna and Geneva conventions with regard to the use of automated driving functions.
More than 50 experts from cities around the world met in Paris, France, on April 20-21 for the first workshop of International Transport Forum’s “Safer City Streets”, the global traffic safety network for liveable cities created by the ITF with support from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in October 2016. Just over six months after its launch, Safer City Streets counts 38 participating cities around the world. The first meeting provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge on road safety policies and learn from other cities’ experiences.
A joint workshop session with POLIS, the European network of cities and regions for sustainable transport, further explored the issue of risk exposure data and addressed collaboration with hospitals to improve knowledge of crashes.
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NTUA is inviting experienced researchers established outside Greece, who would like to pursue a PostDoc research programme at the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering, to apply for European or Global Fellowships of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Programme of the European Commission (deadline: September 14th, 2017).
The NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering is a world class centre on transport research excellence, offering high level research opportunities in state-of-the-art transport science disciplines, within a warm and highly skilled research team. Detailed requirements for application are available at the Marie Curie Programme website and for further information you can contact us.
The European Union has set a target to halve road deaths by 2020. Which countries are on track, and which are playing catch-up? At the 2017 PIN conference, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) will launch its latest Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Annual Report looking at why some countries are still making progress on road safety and some are going in reverse. The PIN Conference will take place in Brussels on 20 June. Two areas will be highlighted where action is needed to ensure future progress: work-related road safety and reducing deaths in single-vehicle collisions. The event will also see the unveiling of this year’s PIN Award winner, presented to a PIN-programme country that has made outstanding progress on road safety.
In conjunction with World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, Together for Safer Roads (TSR) released the “Guidelines for Using Technology to Address Road Safety Challenges” Report. This Report is the second in its Advancing Road Safety Best Practices for Companies and Their Fleets series, outlines how to effectively apply safety technologies, like connected vehicles and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and features, sensors and telematics, and consumer electronics, to fleet operations in order to pave the way to a golden era of road safety.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has recently launched the Guidelines on Safer Goods Reception, with aim to promote and ensure a safe and efficient working environment and use of the loading/unloading site for all stakeholders at the reception of goods. These IRU Guidelines provide information, rules and recommendations for different goods reception areas, taking into consideration safety, environment and cost effectiveness measures, enabling users to select the best solution based on its specific requirements. The Guidelines include general information on goods reception areas intended to facilitate the safe loading and unloading of goods and aim to contribute to an efficient and safe working environment for all new and existing reception areas.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU), the world’s road transport organisation, is leading a global initiative looking into the role and place of passenger transport, in particular that of buses and taxis, in the future mobility ecosystem by 2030. IRU is organising a Workshop on Mobility 2030, on 9 May 2017 in New Delhi, India. This workshop aims at contributing to a global vision on Mobility for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and implementing New Urban Agenda as also to help the developing countries like India to address the challenge of rising congestion and pollution, particularly in urban areas, and to better tap into the tremendous opportunities that sustainable transport can make possible.
The Laboratory of Health and Road Safety of the TEI of Crete (LaHeRS) is organising a Workshop titled: “Promoting Road Safety Culture” in Heraklion, Crete, Greece on 29 May. Several presentations will take place covering a large spectrum of promoting road safety culture such as research and intervention of road safety research observatories, road safety promotion programs & targeted actions, Non-Governmental organizations and good practices promoting a road safety culture.