The first phase of the Safe Roads for All training was successfully carried out in Congaz, Svetlii and Peresecina last month. The final phase of the training saw the Automobile Club of Moldova and EASST conduct workshops in late March in Leova, Hincesti and Chisinau.

This phase saw different local CSOs – teachers, NGOs working with volunteers, people with disabilities and with children, kindergarten staff, bicycle unions, road patrol representatives, Mayor’s Office and State Road Administration representatives – from these localities, participate in training over two days within the ‘Capacity building of CSOs to promote road safety in Moldova’ project conducted under the auspices of European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. The project seeks to provide a better understanding of the Bank’s road rehabilitation projects, to improve the behavior of Moldovan citizens on the roads, to raise awareness about road safety and to reduce the number of causalities.

Distributing high-vis gear in Hincesti

During the training, participants received useful information on personal road safety and how to take prevention measures at minimal costs in their community. Helped by the EASST and ACM trainers, the participants identified the main road safety problems in their localities and developed action plans to solve those problems and to reduce the number of road fatalities. Problems identified included drink driving, pedestrian safety, children’s road safety education, roadside debris and road access for people with disabilities. 

Presenting certificates in Leova

As with the first phase of the training, EASST and the ACM distributed materials such as brochures, national and international videos, reflectors, road safety games and puppets for children kindly donated by the Children’s Traffic Club and Ten Alps Communicate, t-shirts, high visibility vests for farmers, cyclists and owners of horse carts, and provided professional advice on how to implement their plans effectively.

Discussing action plans in Chisinau

Each participant truly valued the training and the benefit it will have to their communities. They received a certificate of participation and were encouraged to participate in or run a local road safety awareness campaign. The training established new network and contacts and all participants urged ACM and EASST experts to continue on the training for other CSOs and organizations throughout Moldova.