Across the EASST region, CO2 emissions are expected to rise substantially by 2030 unless policy and behavioural changes take place immediately to improve sustainable mobility.
EASST is working to promote eco-driving across the region. We have developed a training programme that is growing quickly in popularity to help businesses and individuals drive more responsibly to reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions whilst also saving money.
Safe and Sustainable Streets
Taking a people-centred approach to mobility and street design is not only safer and more environmentally sustainable, it is also proven to improve economic development and support a vibrant way of life.
Using the NACTO Global Designing Cities methodology, EASST is supporting its local partners to conduct street transformations based on a people-centred approach, prioritising pedestrians, cyclists and the use of accessible public transport.
There is an underlying assumption that motorised transport is gender neutral and available to all. However, we would argue that this is not the case. Many women feel that public transport is not safe, and evidence would show that if given the choice, women would immediately opt to travel by private car than by public transport due to the extent of their safety concerns. Ultimately, this means empty public transport vehicles, more traffic, and less safe roads.
Our goal is to encourage fresh thinking when it comes to who should be the priority in road designs and transport. As a regional network all our partners have signed up to our Minsk Gender Declaration (2018) that states:
“We as EASST partners are committed to maintaining an institutional culture that ensures gender parity and equal opportunities in all our work as well as leading in the delivery of gender-responsive programmes to benefit all people.”
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 cycling, and development of safe cycling infrastructure is one way in which local authorities can begin to combat this problem. As such, a number of our EASST partners are implementing projects aimed at 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 through their cities.
Air pollution contributed to around 6.5 million deaths globally in 2015.
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.
Sustainable Mobility News
EASST, with the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Program, is working with its local partners to better understand and overcome barriers to walking and cycling in Tashkent, and to raise awareness of the benefits of switching to these more sustainable modes of transport.
Our Transport Needs Assessment demonstrates how the relationship between women and transport in rural Tajikistan can impact on their ability to pursue economic opportunities.
60% of brake-pads sold on the market in Georgia contain asbestos. Partnership for Road Safety have been working to raise awareness of the asbestos-related risks when it comes to environmental pollution and road safety.
Civic activists, children, cyclists, parents, people with reduced mobility, road safety NGOs, police and firefighters have launched a novel campaign in Moldova under the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet.
EBRD has developed a “first of its kind” online road safety engineering e-learning course for road engineers, planners and designers to give them a robust introduction to the fundamental principles of good road safety engineering and auditing based on a Safe System Approach.
Our newest EASST partner, Urban Forum Kazakhstan, have been working with young people in the East Kazakhstan city of Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) to create safer routes to school.
Our latest blog discusses the need to build back better when it comes to sustainable tourism and how this links to road safety, active mobility and clean transport.
Sustainable Mobility 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)
Disability and Road Safety in Azerbaijan
This research report by the National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan is based on a survey and interviews with disabled people and their carers in Azerbaijan. It aims to analyse the current situation related to accessible mobility in Azerbaijan and present data on the challenges that people with disabilities face while using roads and public transport on a daily basis. (2018)
Disability, Mobility and Road Risk in the Kyrgyz Republic
This report on Disability, Mobility and Road Risk – published by EASST and our local partners, Public Association Road Safety – reveals severe inadequacies in inclusive and accessible public spaces in Bishkek. (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)
Disability, Mobility, and Road Risk in Moldova
This report by the Automobile Club of Moldova provides data based on a survey of 100 individuals with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova on types of issues faced by people with different disabilities as road users and offers recommendations to improving mobility and accessibility to policy makers. (2016)
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)
Report: Safe and accessible public transport for all
Building on evidence and case-studies, this report by Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and UITP conveys the key message that improving road safety and enabling accessibility is a central factor to realising the rights of all citizens, including the 1 billion people living with a disability. Specific recommendations for decision-makers are set to inspire their actions towards safer and more accessible public transport and urban infrastructures. (2019)
Leaflet: Safe and accessible public transport for all
This leaflet by Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and UITP focuses on making SDG 11.2 a reality. The work around SDG 11 has the potential to promote implementation of a wider range of human rights and SDGs (on education, employment, gender equality). As travelling by public transport is ten times safer per mile than travelling by car, SDG 11.2 also significantly contributes to road safety and to SDG 3.6. (2019)
Women’s Safety and Security
This compendium from the International Transport Forum assembles voices from the transport sector, including EASST’s Emma MacLennan, on the critical issue of safety for women in public transport and transport more generally. (2018)
She Moves Safely
She Moves Safely is a groundbreaking study funded by the FIA Foundation and CAF – Latin American Development Bank, exploring women’s personal security on public transport across three cities in Latin America. (2018)