First-ever Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety presented at ITF-Polis Joint Workshop in London

The Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety presents traffic safety indicators for different road user groups to facilitate the evaluation, monitoring and benchmarking of road safety outcomes. It places a particular attention on measuring the risk of fatality per unit distance travelled.

The International Transport Forum collected mobility and road safety data from 31 cities, the majority of which in Europe, 10 in the Americas and 2 in Oceania. A network of road safety experts was developed in parallel to support data collection and to exchange experiences with road safety analysis and policy making. Members of this network met in Paris on 20-21 April 2017, in Brussels on 7-8 December 2017, in two meetings held in cooperation with the Polis Working Group on Road Safety, and in Rome on 11-12 April 2018. Together, the global city-level road safety database and the network of road safety experts make up the Safer City Streets initiative.

The ITF's analysis reveals considerable differences in road safety performance between cities, suggesting cities should do more to share best practice and learn from their peers. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, together called vulnerable road users, make up a bout eight out of ten road users killed in city traffic. Almost half of road fatalities in cities are pedestrians, a user group which experiences a risk of fatality
ten times higher than the risk experienced by car occupants.

The Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety is accessible here.

The Joint ITF-Polis Workshop "From Safety Data to Safer City Streets" is taking place back-to-back with the 2018 Polis Conference in Manchester.