Active Travel and Healthy Streets
Many cities across the EASST region have problems with traffic congestion and a dominant ‘car culture’, which plays a significant role in the rising levels of air pollution and road traffic collisions.
Promoting alternatives to motorised transport, such as walking and cycling, and development of safe infrastructure for vulnerable road users is one way in which local authorities can begin to combat this problem.
A number of our EASST partners are implementing projects aimed promoting safe active travel as a policy priority. This includes training young people on the benefits of cycling, and why it’s important to stay safe while out on their bikes as well as lobbying local governments to set up safe cycling routes and pedestrian infrastructure through their cities.
Step by Step: EASST Safe Crossings Initiative
Step by Step: EASST Safe Crossing Initiative implements small-scale pedestrian infrastructure interventions for high impact. Transforming unsafe roads into safe, accessible, and liveable public spaces.
Our interventions take a people-centred approach to mobility and street design and have been proven to reduce the risk of pedestrian casualties.
Safe and accessible crossings serve the travel needs of all road users as well as improving walkability, reducing car and fuel dependency, and supporting people to be more active.
50 billion tonnes of CO2 will be emitted by urban transport in the next 30 years if current motorisation trends are not reversed.
Over 90% of the population in the EASST region are exposed to air pollution exceeding WHO guidelines.
Around 300 million children live with dangerously toxic levels of air pollution globally, with vehicle emissions a key contributor.
Teachers at School no. 12 in Sumgayit City in Azerbaijan welcome lower speeds and new pedestrian infrastructure ahead of the new school year.
Infrastructure can have an important impact on guiding pedestrian and driver behaviour. This must be an important consideration when developing a road safety strategy.
On 3rd June EASST partners in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan marked World Bicycle Day with fresh calls for safer cycling infrastructure and awareness.
EASST partners marked the UN Global Road Safety Week by organising events and activities and calling on governments to #RethinkMobility.
Step by Step: EASST Safe Crossing Initiative implements small-scale pedestrian infrastructure interventions for high impact: transforming unsafe roads into safe, accessible, and liveable public spaces.
With the support of Shell Kazakhstan and Eni, EASST and local partners Gauhar Zhol have created a new pedestrian zone at Uralsk railway station to improve road safety.
Last week, EASST partners across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus took part in a global Week of Action calling for safer roads and streets for life.
With the support of the FIA Road Safety Grants Programme, EASST has been working with local partners in Central Asia to better understand the barriers that currently prevent people from walking and cycling in their countries – with a focus on young people.
With the support of Dr Carl Smith and students at the University of Arkansas YGT have been using art to engage with young people and identify opportunities for local action to promote active travel in Dushanbe.
To coincide with World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, EASST partners NACU organised a roundtable meeting calling for an integrated approach to addressing road safety in Uzbekistan.
Active Travel and Healthy Streets Resources
International Tourism and Road Safety in Greece
This report on tourists’ perceptions on road safety in Greece is based on a survey of almost 1,500 international tourists visiting Athens, Chania, and Thessaloniki in 2018. The work is a collaboration between Make Roads Safe Hellas, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of the Aegean, the Hellenic Open University and EASST to examine the relationship between tourism and road risk. (2019)
Eco-driving for fleet managers
This EASST Academy resource is based on a short eco-driving course delivered by EASST to fleet managers in Tajikistan. It offers a basic introduction on why eco-driving is important and top tips to make fleets greener, safer and cheaper to run. (2018)
Eco-driving: guidance for drivers
This EASST Academy resource for drivers provides top tips for greener, more fuel efficient driving. (2018)
Pedestrian Safety in Bishkek’s Smart City Concept
This report by EASST and Road Safety Kyrgyzstan shows why pedestrian safety should be an essential component of any Smart City concept and how Smart cities can be more human-friendly than urban developments of the past and can help enrich and better connect local communities. (2018)
Identifying pedestrian knowledge, perceptions of and attitudes on road safety in Baku
This report by the National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan takes a closer look at the most pressing risk factors for pedestrians in Baku along with mechanisms for their mitigation in order to inform future policy actions and civil society initiatives. (2017)
Istiqlol Hospital road crossing, Dushanbe
Local testimony captured by the Young Generation of Tajikistan on the difference the new crossing at Istiqlol Hostpital in the centre of Dushanbe is having on local people. The crossing was installed through a collaboration between the Safer Roads Foundation, EBRD, EASST, Young Generation of Tajikistan and Dushanbe City Traffic Police. (2019)
Service your car, and take care of the environment!
Technically malfunctioning vehicles worsen air pollution and endanger public health with the emission of toxic substances. Video by Partnership for Road Safety. (2018)