Pedestrian Safety - A Road Safety Manual for Decision Makers and Practitioners

World Health Organisation
Publication date: 
May 2013
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This manual will benefit a variety of users, but the primary target audiences are engineers, planners, enforcement professionals, public health professionals and educators and other such people who have responsibility to improve pedestrian safety at the local and sub-national levels. Though the application of this manual can be at the national level, the settings envisaged are sub-national geographical
and administrative units such as provinces or states, districts, cities, towns, neighbourhoods and communities. A secondary target audience are decision-makers and leaders in government and nongovernmental organizations, who provide overall policy support on road safety, transport and land-use planning.

What does the manual cover?

The manual provides information to use in designing and implementing interventions that can improve pedestrian safety in local and sub-national settings around the world. A summary of the content of each module is presented below:

Module 1 stresses the need to promote pedestrian safety in transport planning and presents data on the magnitude of pedestrian fatalities and risk factors.

Module 2 examines the extent of pedestrian consideration and inclusion in land-use, transport and public space planning.

Module 3 outlines steps for prioritizing interventions and preparing a pedestrian safety plan of action.

Module 4 presents key principles and examples of interventions related to roads, vehicles and users from around the world.

Module 5 presents key principles for evaluating pedestrian safety interventions and advocating for pedestrian safety.

Case studies from a range of countries and settings are included throughout the modules.