Enhancing policy and action for safe mobility
Countries can reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by flipping the traditional mobility hierarchy and adopting the Safe System approach, finds this new report from the Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All). This approach acknowledges that people make errors and that the human body has a biomechanical threshold for kinetic energy, both of which need to be adapted by Safe System designers in order to minimize the severity of crashes. It advocates for several key steps towards safer roads: managing speeds more effectively, rethinking the design of streets and highways, leveraging vehicle technology, improving post-crash care, strengthening traffic law enforcement, reforming licensing systems, and promoting alternatives to private car use. This new report from SuM4All, Enhancing Policy and Action for Safe Mobility provides practical guidance, case studies, and resources to help countries implement the Safe System approach — a pragmatic model that calls for a pro-active and coordinated approach to road safety among all relevant stakeholders, with the objective of creating transport systems that are safer by nature and account for human error.