Road Safety training for bike couriers launched by NAFKU, EASST, and the FIA in Samarkand

Active Travel and Healthy Streets, News, Uzbekistan

In an effort to enhance road safety on the streets of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a new pilot training program has been launched today at the FIA Extraordinary General Meeting, which is being hosted in the city.

EASST has joined with local partners the National Federation of Autosport and Karting of Uzbekistan (NAFKU) and the FIA to provide road safety training to bike couriers from Uzum, a local delivery company.

Cycling is increasing in Uzbekistan’s cities both as a means of everyday transport and for business. Like many places across the world, food and grocery delivery companies are increasingly using bike couriers to by-pass traffic congestion and deliver quick and efficient services.

To ensure cyclists are safe on the roads, low speeds and segregated bike lanes are essential. EASST and NAFKU have been calling for these necessary changes in street design as part of a project funded by the FIA Road Safety Grants Programme to promote walking and cycling as viable means of everyday travel in Uzbekistan. In 2021, authorities committed to building 600km bike lanes in the country’s capital, Tashkent.

The launch of today’s new training initiative complements this work by giving couriers working with Uzum the skills and strategies to navigate city streets safely. A core focus is promoting the mandatory use of helmets, as part of the FIA’s new helmet-wearing programme, to protect riders and reduce head injuries.

Speaking about the launch, Dmitry Sambuk, Deputy Director General of EASST, said:

“This pilot project and comprehensive approach to road safety support both EASST’s and NAFKU’s commitment to protecting all road users and creating safer urban mobility in Uzbekistan.”

Supported by the FIA, the program is planned to be rolled out this year, covering the cities of Samarkand and Tashkent with a series of training sessions and practical demonstrations.