Around the world, people are organizing activities around the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week. Today we are featuring some of the amazing work done by The George Institute for Global Health.
To support the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week’s ‘streets for life’ campaign (17-23 May 2021), which calls for 30 km/h (20 mph) urban streets, The George Institute has set out the compelling co-benefits of lowering speeds in ensuring safe, healthy, green and liveable cities.
Every year, more than 1.35 million people die in road traffic crashes, and excessive speed is at the core of the problem. The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 plan currently under consultation, and the WHO document Managing speed, outline five actions to make #StreetsforLife:
Associate Professor Julie Brown
Program Head of the Injury Division, The George Institute, Australia.
With a growing global population and increasing urbanisation, cities are facing huge pressures in terms of population density, transport, air quality, access to opportunities for physical activity, and climate change. The world urgently needs to adopt policies that address these issues and the threats to safety and health they present.
In response, The George Institute has mapped the latest evidence on the benefits of lowering speeds on urban streets, and has identified compelling co-benefits that go well beyond saving lives and reducing injuries from road traffic collisions. These include: the promotion of physical activity; increased social connectivity and access to goods and services; enhanced equity, as a result of focusing on the safety and health concerns of the most vulnerable in our communities; and economic gains for businesses and governments.
Dr Margie Peden
Head of the Global Injury Programme at The George Institute
Building on these inter-related reasons for action, The George Institute recommends the following policies (in addition to setting and enforcing urban speed limits of 30km/h or less):
Find the full list of co-benefits, supporting evidence, and policy recommendations in Six Reasons Why.