Urban mobility

Calls for city SUV ban after four pedestrians die in a single collision

Calls for city SUV ban after four pedestrians die in a single collision

There have been calls in Germany for SUVs to be banned from city centres, following a collision involving a Porsche Macan that was travelling at excessive speed before mounting a pavement and killing four people waiting at a crossing. The causes of the collision are unknown, and are subject to an ongoing police investigation, though media speculation has centred on the possibility of the driver experiencing an epileptic seizure. While the vehicle in question may have been out of control, a number of observers […]

Brussels to become a 30km/h city

Brussels to become a 30km/h city

The new governing coalition of the city of Brussels has agreed to implement a default 30 km/h speed limit across the city from January 2021. The measure, which will apply to all residential streets, but not to main roads such as the inner ring road tunnels, will be a significant extension.  Only around half of the city’s roads currently apply a 30 km/h limit. The main driver’s club, Touring, welcomed the move, saying it would provide “clarity” for drivers. A number of experts have […]

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Tackling urban road safety must be a key priority for the European Union and European countries over the next decade, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report. **SCROLL DOWN FOR FRENCH AND GERMAN VERSIONS According to the data revealed today, road deaths on urban roads decreased at around half the rate of those on rural roads over the period 2010-2017. (1) Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – the three most vulnerable road user groups – represent 70% of those killed […]

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Cities and towns are home to 72% of the population of the European Union. These are the places where the majority of journeys begin and end. These urban centres face multiple, often conflicting needs and challenges when it comes to managing the way people and goods move around. The nature of these challenges is also evolving. Urban populations are increasing, the population is ageing, people are being encouraged to walk and cycle more as concerns over congestion and air pollution move up the political […]

Germany and France to regulate e-scooters

Germany and France to regulate e-scooters

Germany and France are the latest EU countries to regulate the use of e-scooters on public roads. Germany’s rules, which are set to come into force next month, set a minimum age of 14 and a maximum speed of 20 km/h for e-scooters. The vehicles will be permitted on roads and cycle paths, but not on the pavement.  E-scooters will also have to be insured in a similar way to mopeds and high-speed (45 km/h) electric bikes through purchase of an annual insurance sticker […]

OECD city report recommends shift to cycling in urban areas to improve road safety

OECD city report recommends shift to cycling in urban areas to improve road safety

Modal shift away from private motor vehicles could significantly improve road safety in dense urban areas, according to a new report on urban road safety by the International Transport Forum of the OECD.  Such a shift would also bring public health benefits associated with increased physical activity and improved air quality, according to the authors. The report benchmarked road safety performance in 72 urban areas, mostly in Europe, and illustrates governance solutions to improve urban road safety with case studies conducted in Lisbon (Portugal) […]

Calls for 30km/h limits in Austrian cities

Calls for 30km/h limits in Austrian cities

KFV, ETSC’s Austrian member, is calling for the doubling of penalties for traffic offences where children are involved and a default 30 km/h speed limit in cities as part of a range of recommendations to better protect children. Eight children (up to the age of 14) die on Austrian roads every year, on average, while around 300 are seriously injured, according to KFV analysis of data from 2013 to 2017. The number of collisions involving children has not decreased for five years.

14 Décembre 2018, Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au coeur du dispositif, Paris

14 Décembre 2018, Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au coeur du dispositif, Paris

14 Décembre 2018, 26 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris La délégation à la Sécurité routière, l’association Prévention Routière (aPR) et le Conseil européen de la Sécurité des Transports (ETSC) ont le plaisir de vous inviter à un débat intitulé « Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au cœur du dispositif », vendredi 14 décembre 2018 de 9h00 à 12h30. Le débat aura lieu à la Fédération Française de l’Assurance, 26 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris. Parmi les intervenants : Emmanuel Barbe, Délégué Interministériel à la Sécurité Routière Matthew […]

134 French towns and cities to receive “Safer Town” label

134 French towns and cities to receive “Safer Town” label

One year after the official launch of its “Ville Prudente” (Safer Towns) label, ETSC’s French member Association Prévention Routière and its partners have unveiled the names of the first 134 municipalities to receive the label. The label rewards municipalities, regardless of their size, that develop an active road safety policy “in order to improve the safety and quality of life of their inhabitants”. The organisation has also published the results of a survey on attitudes to road safety in French towns. Association Prévention Routière […]

Major UK study examines impact of sign-only 20 mph zones

Major UK study examines impact of sign-only 20 mph zones

The British Department for Transport has published a major research study on the impact of 20mph zones. It assesses the outcomes of introducing 20 mph speed limit schemes (ie reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph) in residential areas and town centres. The researchers looked at “signs only” schemes, i.e. without the traffic calming measures of earlier 20mph zones. The study found: Public support for 20mph (signed only) limits but concern about non-compliance; Minor changes in driven speeds: median speed fell 0.7mph in residential […]

London introduces bus safety standard, including Intelligent Speed Assistance on all new vehicles

London introduces bus safety standard, including Intelligent Speed Assistance on all new vehicles

The London transport authority TfL has published a new Bus Safety Standard, part of a strategy to reach a target of no-one being killed on or by a London bus by 2030. The standard, which details the bus safety requirements all bus operators will need to adopt up to 2024, will also reduce road danger in the shorter term with a range of safety features required from next year. London’s buses carry 6.5 million passengers every day and are a particularly important service for […]

London to make 20mph the default speed limit

London to make 20mph the default speed limit

The mayor of London has announced plans to make 20mph (+/- 30 km/h) the default speed limit in the city as part of a new Vision Zero road safety action plan. The speed limits will be accompanied by redesigned streets, speed cameras and on-street enforcement as part of a Safe System approach. As well as the work on speed limits, the mayor has set a target of reducing the numbers killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 65% by 2022, based on the […]

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

The Belgian city of Antwerp has announced a trial of restrictions on heavy goods vehicles in two areas during the early morning and afternoon on school days. Lorries will be prohibited from circulating between 7.30 and 9.00 and between 15.00 and 17.00 when children are travelling to and from school. The Flemish pedestrians organisation Voetgangers Beweging has welcomed the announcement, describing the measure as a ‘Christmas gift to the children of Antwerp’ and called for expansion of the scheme across Flanders.

Safer town label for local authorities in France

Safer town label for local authorities in France

Association Prévention Routière, ETSC’s French member, has launched a new label for towns and cities engaged in improving road safety across their territory. Towns and cities across France have been invited to apply for the ‘Ville Prudente’ label, which will be awarded at five different levels.  Local authorities have been invited to apply via an online questionnaire which will be followed-up by local visits from the organisation’s volunteer member base. The organisation has also launched an online tool enabling local authorities to track road […]

The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

This paper builds on recent calls for the European Commission to come forward with a cycling strategy for the European Union. ETSC also supports the need for co-ordinated European action on cycling and would welcome a pan-European strategy. This paper is designed to serve as inspiration for the safety component of such a strategy. Cyclists represent 8% of all road deaths in the European Union but big disparities exist between countries. Cyclists (like pedestrians) are generally unprotected and are vulnerable in traffic. As active travel […]

Grenoble is first French 30km/h city

Grenoble is first French 30km/h city

Grenoble in France is the first large French city to introduce a blanket 30km/h zone across the city – reduced from 50km/h. The measures, which came into force on 1 January, follow a large expansion of 30km/h zones in Paris and a similar scale change in Valencia in neighbouring Spain last year. Paris is expected to extend 30km/h zones across the city by 2020, and the Spanish government has also announced plans for 30km/h to be the default limit on urban roads. ETSC has […]

London buses get second ISA trial

London buses get second ISA trial

47 London buses covering two routes will be fitted with ISA technology as part of the second major trial of the system in the UK capital. More than 1,800 people have been killed or badly hurt by London buses over a five-year period. The move has been welcomed by pedestrian campaigners. Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London, said: ‘Intelligent Speed Adaptation improves road safety by reducing incidences of speeding for all road users, allowing drivers to focus on looking […]

Germany unblocks 30km/h zones

Germany unblocks 30km/h zones

Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has announced legal changes that will make it easier for local authorities to implement 30km/h zones. So far the limits have been restricted to residential areas, but the changes should make it easier for local authorities to set 30 km/h zones along main roads where schools and kindergartens are situated. Until now this has only been possible in the case where it has been proven that the site is high-risk. There has been pressure from state transport ministers, […]

19 March 2015 – How to improve urban road safety, Nicosia

19 March 2015 – How to improve urban road safety, Nicosia

19 March 2015, 09:00-13:00 EU House in Cyprus, Lordou Vyronos Avenue 30, Nicosia The National Road Safety Council of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a PIN Talk event in Nicosia on how to improve urban road safety in Cyprus. A round-table discussion offered participants the opportunity to acknowledge achievements and identify future challenges on the road safety in Cyprus cities, towns and villages. Download the agenda. Presentations The road safety performance index. Cyprus among the EU – Dovile Adminaite, ETSC […]

New speed limits in Spain

New speed limits in Spain

New speed limits on all Spanish roads are expected to be in force by the end of the summer, according to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT). According to media reports, certain urban roads will see their limits reduced from the standard 50 kilometres per hour to 30 or even 20.  Speed limits on all secondary roads will be reduce to 90 kilometres per hour, as opposed to 100 most commonly used today. The move is aimed at cutting the numbers of deaths in […]

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