A Decade of Action for Safer Roads: iRAP releases results

A Decade of Action for Safer Roads: iRAP releases results

In 2019, YOURS - Youth for Road Safety and iRAP - International Road Assessment Programme launched the 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.iRAP has published the First Decade of Action and features the results of the Star Rating for Schools program led by iRAP and YOURS. We reproduced the article here.

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One year on from the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, iRAP has captured its first Decade impact with an image-rich virtual story - "A World Free of High-Risk Roads: A Decade of Action to Save Lives".

iRAP partnerships with Donors, Development Banks, Governments, Mobility Clubs, NGOs, Industry, and Research experts worldwide are now saving lives on a scale that matters. The elimination of high-risk roads and increased travel on 3-star and better roads is making a difference. Lives are being saved. Journeys are being made safer.

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iRAP and its partners' impact during the United Nations first Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 can be summarised with 20 key achievements in the charity’s 2020 Vision:

    1. Shared Innovation, shared success
    2. A charity to make safer roads accessible to the world
    3. A global commitment
    4. 2,600,000 km of the world’s roads assessed for safety
    5. Safety of the world’s roads revealed
    6. World-class software for all to use
    7. A free road safety toolkit
    8. The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
    9. iRAP Global Standard and 3-Star or Better Policy Targets
    10. Development Bank partnerships for safer roads investment
    11. Helped more than 100 countries make their roads safer
    12. Locally owned and led road assessment programmes
    13. Safer journeys to school and kids' lives saved
    14. Improved safety in road designs
    15. USD$81.5 billion of road investment made safer
    16. 28,000 people trained across 121 countries
    17. Innovation partnerships bringing together world-leading expertise
    18. Innovation Workshops, Conferences, and Events share safer roads expertise
    19. 10-Step Plan for the future
    20. Prince Michael international recognition

iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said, “iRAP’s Decade of impact has been made possible thanks to the support of our major donor FIA FoundationFedEx, the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and our more than 15,000 partners across the world.”

Where to for the next Decade?

The Second Decade of Action 2021-2030 has reaffirmed the ambitious target of halving the raw number of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. iRAP will continue to play a key role in planning and supporting the next Decade of action alongside the UN Road Safety Collaboration and iRAP’s more than 15,000 partners and connections worldwide.

The Second Decade will continue to reinforce the 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets, including Target 3 for all new roads to be 3-star or better for all road users and Target 4 for >75% of travel to be on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads for all by 2030.  The iRAP global Star Rating standard and supporting KPIs, Risk Mapping, fatality and injury estimations, investment plans and innovative tools like ViDA, Star Rating for Designs, Star Rating for Schools and AiRAP will empower partners to act and celebrate success.

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“Achieving Targets 3 and 4 in the Decade ahead stands to save 450,000 lives a year,” Mr. McInerney said.

“We know road injury is preventable. We have the engineering know-how, a global road infrastructure safety standard for benchmarking, and free tools, training, and support to make the world’s roads safer. To assess risk, build safety into road designs, and reduce danger for pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, and vehicle occupants. From world-class highways to toll concessions, rural roads, and city streets where our children walk to school and live.

“In simple terms, we will work with our global partners to make sure new roads are safe and high-risk existing roads are financed and improved on a scale that matters. We will save lives,” he said.

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