School No. 12: Sumgayit, Azerbaijan
- New signal controlled pedestrian crossing and traffic light installed
- Newly painted zebra crossing
- New high-visibility road signs
- Reduction of speed limit from 60km/h to 40km/h
In August 2023, the road outside School no. 12 in Sumgayit City in Azerbaijan was transformed into a new ‘Safe School Zone’ with reduced speed limits, high-profile ‘School Zone’ signage, a newly painted zebra crossing, and a new LED signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.
The work was carried out by the National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan (AMAK) in partnership with the State Traffic Police Department, the Sumgait City Executive Power, and Absheron-Khizi Regional Education Office with support from the Safer Roads Foundation and the FIA Foundation.
Prior to the upgrades, the school had been identified by local traffic police as extremely high risk with 18 serious crashes being recorded in the vicinity of the school in the last three years – accounting for four deaths and 14 serious injuries.
Despite there being a zebra crossing in front of the school, vehicles were travelling at high speeds and, according to the school’s Director, “few stopped to allow pedestrians to cross”. There was also a significant problem with parking on both sides of the road blocking visibility of those using the crossing.
With over 2000 pupils using this crossing every day, the new crossing and reducing the speed limit from 60km/h to 40km/h is going to have a huge impact. Students, teachers and parents will no longer have to run across the road and dodge fast moving traffic. They will be able to cross safely and comfortably.
An evaluation of the impact of these changes is planned for September/October 2023.
Teachers at School no. 12 in Sumgayit City in Azerbaijan welcome lower speeds and new pedestrian infrastructure ahead of the new school year.
This upgrade has been implemented by our local partners the National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan (AMAK) with support from the Safer Roads Foundation and FIA Foundation.