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2013: Pedestrian Safety

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week was held on  6-12 May 2013 and was dedicated to pedestrian safety. The Week drawed attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide and generate action on the measures needed to do so. More than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths. The World Health Organization called on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians.

Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users. Studies indicate that males, both children and adults, make up a high proportion of pedestrian deaths and injuries. In developed countries, older pedestrians are more at risk, while in low-income and middle-income countries, children and young adults are often affected. Both children and adults with disabilities suffer higher rates of injury as pedestrians compared to their non-disabled peers.

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"We are all pedestrians."

"We are all pedestrians, and governments should put in place measures to better protect all of us. This will not only save lives, but create the conditions needed to make walking safe. When roads are safe, people will walk more, and this in turn will improve health and protect the environment.”

Dr Oleg Chestnov
WHO Assistant Director-General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health



The proportion pedestrians killed is highest in Africa (38%) and lowest South-East Asia (12%).

2013 pedestrian facts

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The Long Short Walk

The Long Short Walk was a global campaign advocating for safe for roads for all, coinciding with the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week. It was initiated by the Zenani Mandela Campaign and the Road Safety Fund, which aimed to capture 'short walks' in communities and collect these captures from around the world and combine it into one 'long walk'.



To advocate for the pedestrian safety, people from all around the world called for road safety to be included in the UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, which were successfully achieved in 2015.The Long Short Walk campaigned for the rights of pedestrians and children on the road to be recognised and urged greater investment in safe footpaths, cycle-ways and crossing points, on streets with lower speed limits, especially around schools.

Thousands of people from around the world took photos with the Long Short Walk signboard during their every day walks.

Long Short Walk Gallery


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We are all pedestrians: on any given day – at a minimum – we begin and end most trips on foot. Yet due to a lack of attention to the needs of pedestrians, and a tendency to favour motorized transport, pedestrians are at risk of death, injury and disability. In fact more than 270 000 lose their lives on the roads each year.

While there is no single measure to adequately address the range of risks to pedestrians across various settings, there are many steps that can be taken to improve their safety.

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As part of the Second Week, a series of posters entitled, "Mr. Pedestrian" were created to promote pedestrian safety. They can be downloaded in five languages:

pedestrian_poster_100px_01.jpegMore than 270,000 pedestrians die on the world's roads each year. We are all pedestrians, but many transport systems neglect our needs.

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pedestrian poster 100px 02Improving roadway lighting, removing obstructions, and wearing light-coloured clothing and reflective materials can save pedestrian lives.

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pedestrian poster 100px 03Sidewalks, crosswalks, refuge islands, speed bumps and raised platforms at bus stops can save pedestrian lives.

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pedestrian poster 100px 04Legislation and enforcement of laws related to alcohol and speed reinforced by mass media campaigns can save pedestrian lives.

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Ensuring the safety of pedestrians encourages walking which impacts positively on health and the environment.


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pedestrian good practisePedestrian Safety Good Practice Manual

This manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.


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