An examination of public attitudes to 30km/h urban speed limits in the EASST region

by Feb 23, 2022Children's Road Safety, News, Road Safety Governance and Capacity Building

In September 2021, EASST’s Corrine Vibert successfully submitted an article to the International Road Federation (IRF) Young Professionals Summit where she presented the results of our public perceptions survey on 30km/h speed limits to over 100 people.

The report (which can be accessed below) analyses community survey data collected by local road safety NGOs from 8 countries across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. It draws on this data to examine public attitudes towards speeding and lowering speed limits on streets where vulnerable road users mix with motorised traffic, with a particular focus on streets around schools.

The survey was conducted at the beginning of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 to support global calls to policymakers to limit speeds to 30km/h where people walk, live and play. It also provides a baseline to assess how public perceptions on speed might shift throughout the decade.

The report emphasises the importance of a good, targeted communications strategy in building public support for slower speeds. This is fundamental to successfully implementing policy change to lower speeds and achieving the global target to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 50% by 2030.

An examination of public attitudes to 30km/h urban speed limits and the impact on achieving successful policy change

This report analyses community survey data collected by local road safety NGOs from 8 countries across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. It draws on this data to examine public attitudes towards speeding and lowering speed limits on streets where vulnerable road users mix with motorised traffic, with a particular focus on streets around schools.

This work was supported through the FIA Foundation Advocacy Hub. The original version of this report was written for, and presented at, the IRF Young Professionals Summit 2021.

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