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November 2012

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12 Ways to Make Roads Safer for Pedestrians

Twelve recommendations for policy makers on how they can help improve walking conditions and create more liveable cities are at core of ITF's latest report entitled Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health.

The publication is ITF's timely contribution to the growing debate about how to promote walking and cycling in order to realise the health benefits associated with active transport. In the UK for instance, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) this week urged the introduction of "ways to enable...communities to be more physically active" because regular physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes 2 by up to 50 per cent.

To make walking more attractive, however, the many challenges facing pedestrians need to be addressed: Around a third of all annual road fatalities around the globe are pedestrians. And 75% of injuries occur from falls, often related to maintenance and design of public spaces. And around 30% of pedestrian have impaired mobility - from mothers with young children to walkers carrying heavy items to older pedestrians with physical impediments.

"We need to learn again how to walk. And that means learning how to organise the space for walking" said Secretary-General José Viegas. "Urban environments are often making it difficult to enjoy this most fundamental form of moving. This report will help governments to take the right steps towards better mobility and more liveable cities."

Les Echos Conference
ITF Awards launched
The call for applications for the International Transport Forum 2013 Awards are out. As in previous years, awards will mark achievements linked to the theme of the Annual Summit - "Funding Transport" in 2013.

The Transport Achievement Award will honour a project, service or product that addresses today's main transport concerns - such as congestion, safety, environmental protection or quality services - through innovations in pricing or funding arrangements.

The Young Researcher Award and a prize of 5 000 Euros will be awarded to a young researcher under 35 years from and ITF member country for the best research paper on a topic related to the Summit's theme, "Funding Transport".

Both awards will be presented at the 2013 Summit on 23 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany during an official ceremony attended by transport ministers.

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Forum activities
The Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) and the development of a regional road safety database (IRTAD-LAC) operated by ITF were hailed as "an amazing example of what can be done and a model that could be replicated in other regions" by the Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Co-operation (UNRSC) at an OISEVI meeting in Cartagena, Colombia on 12 November. At the meeting, ITF road safety expert Véronique Feypell presented the Forum's International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD). Preliminary talks for additional co-operations and twinning arrangements between countries are ongoing.
Link to IRTAD homepage

ITF's road transport expert Elene Shatberashvili gave a presentation on the main issues regarding the development of the Multilateral Quota of transport licences managed by ITF at the Goods Transport Council in Geneva, Switzerland on 8 November. The licence system aims to facilitate international inland transport and the integration of markets. Presidents and senior representatives of over 100 national transport associations were present at the meeting under the auspices of the International Road Transport Union (IRU).
Link to presentation (PDF).

Korean government officials and experts shared information on how transport investment policies are managed over different modes at the International Seminar on Transport Investment and Regional Development held in Seoul, Korea on 13 November. ITF Visiting Fellow Sangjin Han presented key points for making transport projects associated with land development a success and suggested possible indicators for transport project evaluation. The seminar was co-organised by OECD and the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), with the findings of OECD's 2012 Urban Policy Review taking a central role.
Link to OECD Urban Policy Review Korea

A Roundtable kicked off ITF's new Sustainable Road Funding Working Group on 25-26 October. Papers presented focused on road life-cycle cost optimisation, alternative public and private models for delivering and maintaining roads and related performance indicators. Related background papers prepared by rapporteurs are available at the link below.
Link to background papers.

ITF economist Jari Kauppila gave a presentation on "Supply Chains: Incorporating Reliability into Policy" at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Port Services Network (APSN) held in Hong Kong, China on 5 November. The meeting, organised in the light of the "Green Growth" objective endorsed by the APEC leaders and transport ministers, was attended by senior officials from competent port authorities, industry leaders, APSN Council Members, Advisory Board Members and Regular Members, as well as experts from relevant academia from 12 APEC economies.
Link to presentation (PDF)

Véronique Feypell
ITF input to Korean road safety initiative
Korea currently has the highest rates of fatal traffic crashes in the OECD, measured per head of population and per vehicle kilometre travelled. The Korean government aims to improve road safety performance and place Korea among the top 10 countries in the OECD. In his opening keynote for the Grand Road Safety Conference convened by the Korean Traffic Safety Agency (KOTSA) in Seoul on 30 October, ITF's Head of Research reviewed the way road safety targets have most effectively been employed in ITF member countries. The key is to link ambitious vision statements to specific intermediate targets that are based on quantitative estimates of the results that can be expected from the measures to be introduced and funded under road safety policy initiatives. Perkins highlighted the results of the forthcoming ITF report on improving the transferability of results internationally through a framework for good practice.

Link to keynote speech
Link to free read-only online version of forthcoming publication

Véronique Feypell
José Viegas at high-profile infrastructure events
ITF Secretary-General José Viegas was a speaker at two recent high-profile conferences on funding transport infrastructure. At The Economist Infrastructure Summit in London on 8 November and a conference on "Infrastructures des transports" organised by French business daily Les Echos in Paris on 20 November, Viegas expounded the ITF's role as a global platform for dialogue on transport policy and highlighted recent work in preparation for the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport. In London, the ITF Secretary-General also met with top officials at the UK Department for Transport and outlined his vision of a value-based approach for the ITF. A presentation to the European Freight Forwarders and Logistics Leaders' Forum (F&L) was also part of Viegas' London agenda.

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