Life saving steps
Implementing pedestrian safety measures is cost effective, and many of the solutions are simple. It can be introducing pavements (84% of roads surveyed by iRAP have no pedestrian provision); providing safe crossing points; ‘calming’ streets with traffic humps, rumble strips and chicanes; and lowering vehicle speed limits in areas where traffic and pedestrians share the road space.
The world on its feet
To highlight the need to prioritise safe walking, the United Nations will hold a Global Road Safety Week on 6-12 May 2013 themed around pedestrian safety. The Week will be an important milestone in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which has the goal of preventing 5 million road traffic deaths by 2020.
To support UN Global Road Safety Week, the Zenani Mandela Campaign, led by the Mandela Family, the Make Roads Safe Campaign and the Road Safety Fund, is launching ‘The Long Short Walk’.