Implementing pedestrian safety measures is cost effective, and many of the solutions are simple. It can be introducing pavements (84% of roads surveyed by iRAP have no pedestrian provision); providing safe crossing points; ‘calming’ streets with traffic humps, rumble strips and chicanes; and lowering vehicle speed limits in areas where traffic and pedestrians share the road space.
To highlight the need to prioritise safe walking, the United Nations will hold a Global Road Safety Week on 6-12 May 2013 themed around pedestrian safety. The Week will be an important milestone in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which has the goal of preventing 5 million road traffic deaths by 2020.
To support UN Global Road Safety Week, the Zenani Mandela Campaign, led by the Mandela Family, the Make Roads Safe Campaign and the Road Safety Fund, is launching ‘The Long Short Walk’.
It can be your walk to school or work, your favourite walk, or even just a stroll to the corner shop. If you have a dangerous road or junction nearby we’d be interested to see it. We’ll upload these short walks online and combine them into one Long Walk, providing a snapshot of streets and journeys all across the world. The Long Short Walk will end on 11th May 2013 (the second anniversary of the start of the Decade of Action) when we take a short walk up some of the most famous streets of power in the world to deliver a call to action to world leaders: prioritise safe walking for all as part of a new global Sustainable Development Goal.
So join our campaign for sustainable change and use your own two feet to walk for safe roads for all!
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On the same day that I lost Zenani, a thousand other families also lost a child on the world's roads. This disaster continues to rob us of 1000 young people every single day.
Now, in the name of Zenani, we are launching this campaign to raise awareness of this appalling toll of death and injury, and to urge support for the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
Other parents must not go through the pain that I am suffering and will continue to suffer. Now is the time for positive action. Every life we save will be a precious victory".
Under the banner of the Zenani Campaign global partners are committing to take action to prevent child road injury. Announced at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, our joint Commitment promotes safe and sustainable transport with a focus on delivering measureable pilot projects to protect children on roads in urban areas of middle and low income countries. Join us in our effort to make safe, sustainable transport a reality!
Download the road safety Voluntary Commitments document here >
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