iRAP launches road assessment resources

An online set of new resources to support 5-Star Road Assessment programs designed to eliminate high-risk roads is now available worldwide.

Information is available on the site of the London group iRAP – International Road Assessment Programme. The launch comes on the heels of the recent United Nations High-Level Meeting on Road Safety in New York and as countries adopt the implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Safer National Roads that Saves Lives.

The resources will help to develop activities such as the engagement and coordination of all stakeholders, the creation of accurate assessments, the development of policies for safer roads, investment by third parties and also how to measure the success of the process.

It offers guidance on how to develop an effective program and includes 140 award-winning examples, templates and downloadable materials, drawn from best practices from partners around the world.

The resources are the result of the three-year 5-Star Global Connections initiative, funded by FedEx.

“Resources can be limited, especially in low- and middle-income countries where 90% of road crashes occur,” said Judy Williams, iRAP’s global program manager. “This resource puts the best tools and knowledge at the fingertips of every partner worldwide for 5-star program results.”

iRAP is a registered charity focused on preventing the more than 3,500 road deaths that occur every day around the world. It is the global umbrella organization for many local road assessment programs serving national and regional interests, including EuroRAP, AusRAP, usRAP, KiwiRAP, ChinaRAP, IndiaRAP, BrazilRAP, SARAP, ThaiRAP and MyRAP. In addition, RAP activity is ongoing in over 100 countries with recognized success.

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