Cities Safer by Design: Guidance and Examples to Promote Traffic Safety through Urban and Street Design

Published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), This report provides Guidance and Examples to Promote Traffic Safety through Urban and Street Design.

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic crashes every year. This number is expected to keep rising as vehicle fleets grow, to become the 5th largest cause of death by 2030. The majority of these deaths happen in and around urban areas, disproportionately affecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. The percentage of the world’s residents living in cities is also on the rise, from 50 percent in 2007 to 70 percent in 2030, making it vital for cities to address the need for safer streets. Traffic crashes also exact an economic toll. In some countries, such as India, the economic cost of traffic crashes equals 3 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

To address this alarming issue, the United Nations has declared a Decade of Action to address the challenges of traffic safety across the world, including through safer urban mobility and street design. As global cities look to reduce the threat of traffic deaths and injuries, there is a need for evidencebased solutions proven to improve safety and make cities livable, efficient and productive. Yet knowledge and global best-practices for creating safer cities are not well-documented in any global guide. Cities Safer by Design collects this information into one resource addressing issues such as enhancing urban design to increase walkability, reducing vehicle speeds that threaten all road users, providing high-quality spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improving access to mass transport.

Online home at WRI
http://www.wrirosscities.org/sites/default/files/CitiesSaferByDesign_final.pdf

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.
File Name File Size Download
citiessaferbydesign_by_wri.pdf 9 MB

Related Resources

Awareness material
19 May 2016
People and communities everywhere face increasing risks to their health, livelihoods and social wellbeing. These risks are context specific and often compounded by many factors: disease; climate change; chaotic urbanization and spontaneous settlement...
Tags: Awareness material, Resilience
Case Study, Guidance material, Video
16 Dec 2014
This book gathers a mix of experience and academic insight  into how local communities are learning how to cope – and even thrive – through difficult times. Written in an accessible style its stories highlight experience from Cumbria to the Sc...
Tags: Case Study, Guidance material, Video, Resilience
Report
23 Aug 2016
“Common Alerting Protocol in the Philippines”presented August 24, 2016by Resly George Amador 
Tags: Report, Early Warning Systems