ETSC PIN Flash report on urban road safetyDaniele D'Onofrio
Brussels, Belgium | 11 June 2019. “9500 people were killed on urban roads in the EU in 2017, accounting for 38% of all road deaths. 70% of those killed on urban roads are vulnerable road users: 39% are pedestrians, 12% cyclists and 19% powered-two-wheeler (PTW) riders. Car occupants account for 25% of all roads deaths on urban roads”: this is what the new ETSC PIN Flash report states.
Through the report, ETSC looks at the scale of the urban road safety problem in Europe (and how to tackle it) analyzing the latest data on urban road safety across the EU and other countries that form part of the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) program.
While new vehicle technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and turning assistance systems on heavy goods vehicles may help reduce these numbers in the future – it will take decades for the full benefits to become apparent. In the meantime, it will be up to national and local authorities, with support from the European Union to address the main causes of deaths and serious injuries on roads in our urban centres.
The report contains more than twenty main recommendations for action at EU, country and city authority level and can be downloaded from the ETSC website at: www.etsc.eu/pinflash37
Since May 2019, CITA – with the involvement of VdTÜV – is one of the sponsors the ETSC PIN report.