Urban Road Safety Index 2022
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With Vision Zero, the global objective is to achieve zero traffic related deaths by 2050. Is this a realistic target, or are our governments misjudging the situation by staring into a foggy crystal ball?
The fact that 75% of the inhabitants of Stockholm believe there have been more accidents since the introduction of shared mobility and that 84% of the Romans prefer not to cycle in the dark are troubling figures that require a thorough and visionary approach.
The Urban Road Safety Index provides insight into the perception of road safety in 16 different capital cities based on the feedback of over 3900 Europeans. It also shows what governments can do to improve it.
In increasingly crowded cities, guiding road users safely from A to B is easy feat. As a local authority, you can influence this by ensuring that the roads are in good condition, that the lighting is working in the right places and that road signs are placed where they contribute to a better flow of traffic.
That the perception of traffic safety differs was to be expected. After all, cities in Europe are all designed differently and do not all have to deal with the same number of road users. However, some outliers call for change. A change that can be made possible by using the right tools, because even in Rome, Paris, or Budapest, safe traffic does not have to be a thing of the past.