23/05/2018 Leipzig, Germany

ITF SUMMIT SIDE EVENT: From data to policy: New approaches for data-driven and smart road safety policies in cities and regions

The side event took place on 23 May 2018 from 9.00-10.30h and discussed innovative practice in road safety on a local level. Urban areas accounted for more than one third of EU road fatalities in 2016 and 68% of them were pedestrians and two-wheelers, which clearly signals the need to improve urban road safety.

The side event adressed questions such as:

  • What are the keys to success in effective local road safety policies?
  • How to address safety and sustainability in an integrated way?
  • Which safety data is most needed by cities?
  • Can vehicles become safer for all road users?


Moderator Karen Vancluysen, Polis' Secretary General, introduced and guided the following speakers through their presentations:

  • Safety and Sustainability: Two sides of the same coin
    Dagmar Köhler, Road Safety Coordinator, Polis
    Driving isn’t easy, but saving a life is: New York’s Vision Zero
  • Michael A. Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, New York City Department of Transportation
  • What is happening on our streets? A new partnership model for data exchange and analysis
    Kevin Webb, Director, SharedStreets & Open Transport Partnership
  • Using the international Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) in the urban setting
    James Bradford, Global Product Director, iRAP, International Road Assessment Programme Designing safer streets: Lessons from around the world
    Melinda Hanson, Deputy Director NACTO - Global Designing Cities Initiative
  • The contribution of vehicle technology to address urban and inter-urban road safety challenges
    Peter Kronberg, Safety Director, Volvo Group
  • Towards Intelligent Speed Assistance
    Graziella Jost, Projects Director, European Transport Safety Council

Download the presentations

Please find the presentations given at the side event on the right hand side as pdf files for download.

Spotlight on New York City

Among others, New York City presented its path to Vision Zero in the session - and won the ITF's 2018 Transport Achievement Award the day after. Announcing the Award, ITF Secretary-General Young-Tae Kim said: “New York City has created an exemplary road safety programme that is a showcase for addressing urban road safety as a public health issue”. Take a look at Michael Replogle's presentation on NY's Vision Zero or read th story on page 64 of the Thinking Cities magazine.

"Thinking Cities" and road safety

At the ocassion of the ITF summit, the latest edition of the 'Thinking Cities' magazine was released, that features road safety as its cover theme. You can read it online here or download the pdf

For more information or future cooperation with Polis please contact Dagmar Köhler, dkoehler@polisnetwork.eu


Graziella Jost (Projects Director, European Transport Safety Council, Belgium); Peter Kronberg (Safety Director, Volvo Group, Sweden); Melinda Hanson (Deputy Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)); Karen Vancluysen (Secretary General, Polis); James Bradford (Global Product Director, iRAP, International Road Assessment Programme, UK); Kevin Webb (Director, SharedStreets & Open Transport Partnership, USA); and Michael A. Replogle (Deputy Commissioner for Policy, New York City Department of Transportation, USA); on the panel of the Official Side Event organised by POLIS: "From data to policy: New approaches for data-driven and smart road safety policies in cities and regions" at the International Transport Forum’s 2018 Summit on “Transport Safety and Security” in Leipzig, Germany on 23 May 2018.