More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by about 65 percent over the next 20 years, making road traffic crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030.
For the first time in its 15 year history, the Sustainable Transport Award announced this month not one but three winning cities – all Brazilian. Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo were all recognized for their significant efforts in the past year to improve mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ensure safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists to public spaces.
2015 is a pivotal year for the global sustainable development agenda. For the first time, cities will be a focal point and sustainable transport features clearly among the solutions. Global agreements expected over the next 12 months will lock in the choices we have about how to live, learn, work, and play in our cities for decades.
Indian cities are often burdened with intense traffic congestion, poor air quality, and inequitable access to transport.
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the five countries and ten cities that will be the focus of its Global Road Safety Initiative, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries worldwide. The program will invest $125 million over five years to implement national road safety legislation and city-level road safety interventions that save lives.
China’s rapid urbanization has presented local transport authorities with a range of challenges to delivering quality public transport services. Institutional fragmentation and poor governance in particular have posed significant barriers to making sustainable solutions a reality. When it comes to urban transport in China, responsibilities are often ambiguously divided between different government agencies, and misaligned goals and conflicting policies lead to inefficient resource allocation among departments.