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70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Tackling urban road safety must be a key priority for the European Union and European countries over the next decade, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report. According to the data revealed today, road deaths on urban roads decreased at around half the rate of those on rural roads over the period 2010-2017. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – the three most vulnerable road user groups – represent 70% of those killed and seriously injured on urban roads.

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We launch our new 'Youth Stars' programme in collaboration with iRAP and FedEx

We launch our new 'Youth Stars' programme in collaboration with iRAP and FedEx

YOURS has teamed up with International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) to create our new 'Youth Stars' programme, sponsored by FedEx. The three year programme will see a group of 5 Master Trainers from around the world be trained on the principles of the new 'Star Rating for Schools' methodology pioneered by iRAP. Youth Stars will is a programme expanding across the world with the potential to save young lives around universities and schools.

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World Bicyle Day has so many benefits -  celebrate it this week!

World Bicyle Day has so many benefits - celebrate it this week!

The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle – often the majority of citizens in a city – continue to be overlooked, states Share the Road Programme Annual Report 2018 . Even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

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South African Youth Ambassadors project officially handed over to the province

South African Youth Ambassadors project officially handed over to the province

After a long and exciting journey with the Limpopo road safety ambassadors, GRSP South Africa and Michelin officially handed over the project to the Limpopo Department of Transport (DoT).

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Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative officially launches in London

Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative officially launches in London

Every year over 210,000 people are killed in road crashes and millions more are seriously injured in Commonwealth countries. Today road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged 5-29 years. This is a major challenge for Commonwealth countries as over 60% of their populations are under 30. Improved road safety must become a major priority for Commonwealth countries concerned to protect the wellbeing and health of their children and young people.

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The Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off on 6th May 2019 - take part!

The Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off on 6th May 2019 - take part!

Requested by the United Nations General Assembly, the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held from 6-12 May 2019. This Week will focus on leadership for road safety. It is widely acknowledged that stronger leadership for road safety is needed to achieve the  Global Goals . Therefore it launches action through the ongoing campaign: Save Lives - #SpeakUp.

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Join us for a Twitter chat on youth during the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week

Join us for a Twitter chat on youth during the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week

Young people under the age of 29 years are the main victims of road traffic crashes worldwide. More young people aged between 15-29 die from road crashes than from HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, or homicide. This means that road safety is a serious threat to youth no matter where they are.

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NGOs call for life-saving commitment to reduce road deaths and injuries

NGOs call for life-saving commitment to reduce road deaths and injuries

YOURS was among 270 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and global road safety stakeholders, from 76 countries that met in Chania, Greece for the Sixth Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims (the Global Meeting) last week to call for their governments’ commitment to act urgently to reduce the 1.35 million road deaths that occur worldwide each year. The Global Meeting was opened by the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, and was organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, and cohosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank.

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Reporting from Crete: Youth and road safety workshop at Global Alliance Meeting

Reporting from Crete: Youth and road safety workshop at Global Alliance Meeting

On 10th April 2019, we joined the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and its Global Meeting, to work with NGOs focusing on meaningful youth participation in road safety and the 2nd World Youth Assembly. The pre-meeting workshop brought together NGOs from around the world who were eager to hear more about road safety and youth.

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Brian's Column: Thinking of the faces behind these road death numbers is crazy

Brian's Column: Thinking of the faces behind these road death numbers is crazy

Our regular columnist Brian Bilal Mwebaze is back to reflect on the number of lives lost in road crashes. Brian gives a unique insight into youth and road safety issues from an African perspective.

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We will be running two workshops at the Global Alliance Meeting in Crete

We will be running two workshops at the Global Alliance Meeting in Crete

Next month, the Global Alliance for Road Safety NGOs will hold its 6th meeting in Crete, Greece. YOURS is one of the founder members of the Alliance and has been involved in the meetings since the beginning. The meeting takes place in the city of Chania and will bring together NGOs from all across the world as well as road safety experts. 

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Zero is the only acceptable number - TAC Victoria's touching campaign

Zero is the only acceptable number - TAC Victoria's touching campaign

Towards Zero is Victoria's (Australia) plan to ensure no one is seriously injured on our roads. It acknowledges that we all face risks on our roads. But our choice to use the road shouldn't cost us our lives. That's why we need to ensure we have a safe transport system in place. Together we can build a system that protects us from our own mistakes and those of others.

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Seatbelt advertizing campaign targets young men in New Zealand

Seatbelt advertizing campaign targets young men in New Zealand

Each year, approximately 90 people are killed on New Zealand roads because they didn’t wear a seatbelt. Many of these lives could’ve been saved if the person had belted up. Seatbelts save lives – it’s that simple. A seatbelt supports you if you’re involved in a crash or if the vehicle you’re in stops suddenly. In these situations, the force on the seatbelts can be as much as 20 times a person’s weight. If a seatbelt isn’t worn, this is how hard a person would hit the inside of the vehicle.

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Road Safety and Youth Engagement - a webinar for Youth in Asia

Road Safety and Youth Engagement - a webinar for Youth in Asia

We recently joined the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRSC), the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and the Nepal Red Cross to explore and present information on youth and road safety engagement in road safety. The webinar was lead by the IFRSC and GRSP in Malaysia and we were invited to share our perspectives on youth engagement in road safety. The webinar can be viewed here.

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Updates from Jacob Smith, our Regional Champion for North America

Updates from Jacob Smith, our Regional Champion for North America

From participating in leadership opportunities in high school to establishing his own consulting firm where he works with national nonprofit organizations in advocacy, Jacob Smith remains passionate about promoting safety issues and youth leadership.

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YOURS set to co-deliver RISE Tanzania training with Amend and World Bank

YOURS set to co-deliver RISE Tanzania training with Amend and World Bank

The World Bank, through the Roads to Inclusion and socioeconomic Opportunities Project (RISE), in collaboration with Tanzania Rural and Urban Road Agency (TARURA) and the Non-Government Organization Amend, is organizing a training to introduce and develop people-centered rural road design capacities among key RISE stakeholders (TANROADS, TARURA, World Bank, consultancy firms advancing first generation RISE projects, other) involved in the RISE development projects.

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YOURS participates in the High Level Consultative Committee: Sweden 2020

YOURS participates in the High Level Consultative Committee: Sweden 2020

Sweden is to host the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety on 19–20 February 2020. The conference will be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and minister-led delegations from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. Representatives from the world of industry and research, international institutions and other global organizations will also participate. The conference marks the end of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 and the starting point for continued collaboration on road safety. The aim is to reach global consensus on guidelines for continued international collaboration on road safety up to 2030.

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How are young people 'fixing' road safety in the UK? - Fixers

How are young people 'fixing' road safety in the UK? - Fixers

Young people from across the UK are using their personal experiences of road safety to change people’s behaviour. Fifty 16-25 year olds have worked with Fixers, the charity giving young people a voice, to create films, posters, air fresheners and beer mats.These resources, created in partnership with the Road Safety Trust , have been housed in a unique digital space for professionals, parents and young people.

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Brian's Column: Shouldn’t we be appalled by the number of animals killed on our roads?

Brian's Column: Shouldn’t we be appalled by the number of animals killed on our roads?

Our youth columnist from Uganda is back for another insight into all things road safety issues in Africa. His viewpoints give a peak into road safety trends and phenomenas around in the region. Check out his unique insights.

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Vote for our friends FedEx Cares for their road safety corporate social responsibility

Vote for our friends FedEx Cares for their road safety corporate social responsibility

FedEx is a partner and supporter of YOURS and through their work at FedEx Cares, have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives globally through a range of coorporate social resposibility activities. CSR aims to ensure that companies conduct their business in a way that is ethical. This means taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact, and consideration of human rights. It can involve a range of activities such as: Working in partnership with local communities.

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