In the world About 1.3 million applications are submitted preventable deaths per year due to road accidents, and approximately 50 million injuries, according to statistics from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Regional Commissions.
Faced with such a discouraging panorama, the UN General Assembly created the World Plan for the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, which seeks to reduce accidents by at least 50 percent during this period.
One of the strategies is the inclusion of the Safe System in the action plans of the countries, with which four pillars are expected to be met fundamental to road safety: safe vehicles, safe infrastructure, safe speeds and safe behaviour.
In Mexico, several groups and specialists on the subject have declared that the bicycle is a tool for road safety, because it calms traffic and reduces traffic jams.
countries lead innovative proposals in road safety
In 1997, this country became the first to adopt the concept of ‘Vision zero’, to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries to a total of zero. In fact, the road safety report presented by the European Commission last year states that the safest roads on the continent are those of Sweden, with 18 fatalities per million inhabitants, compared to the rest of the countries on the continent, which report 44 among a million
Eliminating an entire lane from Avenida Suárez, one of the most dangerous in the city, as well as adding more pedestrian crossings and continuous sidewalks, were key measures for Buenos Aires to achieve a significant reduction of road accidents. In fact, in 2021 the Argentine capital registered the lowest number of deaths associated with road accidents in the last 12 years, with a decrease of 35 percent.
Over the last decades, this asian country has established itself as one of the leaders in terms of strong and safe constructions due to its high seismic risk. And this is also transferred to the roads, achieving, at the same time, the incorporation of technologies that have made it possible to advance in Sustainable Development Goal number 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and encourage innovation”.
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What does the word road safety mean?
The definition of road safety tells us that they are a series of actions aimed at promoting respect traffic regulations for pedestrians and vehicles.