Project activities and main results
Walking and cycling are transport modes where relatively unprotected road users interact with high speed and mass traffic. This makes pedestrians and cyclists vulnerable.
The situation of traffic accidents in the Emerging Economies is dramatically getting worse than Europe and fatality rates in India and Brazil are more than double compared to Europe. Looking at the gaps, in term of road safety, between both India - Europe and Brazil – Europe, it seems that Europe could give a strong effort in improving Vulnerable Road Users safety in these two Emerging Economies, by transferring and adapting to the local context the results of the European research and experiences.
SaferBraIn (Innovative Guidelines and Tools for Vulnerable Road Users Safety in India and Brazil), co-financed by the European Commission within the VII Framework Programme, aimed at increasing the level of safety Pedestrians and Cyclists in India and Brazil.
The main risk factors for Vulnerable Road Users in India and Brazil were deeply analyzed and, based on European experience and best practice, innovative methodologies and tools
for planning, designing and maintaining safe infrastructures were developed. The transferability of these methodologies and tools was also analyzed.
A Decision Support System
) was developed, based on European experience, to support decision makers and technicians in:
To assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the innovative methodologies and tools, pilot projects, in India and in Brazil, were implemented. They focused on road safety audits of renewal designs and on the assessment of pedestrian crossings safety.
- defining the more cost-effective road safety measures for reducing pedestrian and cyclist traffic accidents, and
- preventing dangerous situations through road safety audit and inspection.
Feedbacks from pilot projects were used to review recommendations and guidelines
about safe road infrastructure design, road safety management, road safety audit and inspection.
Specific Training activities
were then carried out in India and Brazil, covering the different topics researched during the project.
Two final project events were organized in Pune (India) and in Sao Paulo (Brazil) to disseminate to stakeholders, decision makers, technicians the project activities and results obtained.