Across the EASST region, CO2 emissions are expected to rise substantially by 2030 unless policy and behavioural changes take place immediately.
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.
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Sustainable Mobility News
Gela Kvashilava of the Partnership for Road Safety in Georgia and EASST Director Emma MacLennan were among the speakers at the Safer City Street Network’s 4th meeting in London and Manchester, organised by the ITF and POLIS.
The Partnership for Road Safety encourage the growing trend of cycling in Tbilisi with safer infrastructure, awareness raising, and safe cycling training for young people.
EASST partners unanimously agree to support gender parity and equal opportunities in all their road safety projects.
Gela Kvashilava calls on the Georgian government to do more to curb the use of diesel-fueled vehicles in Georgia to improve air quality.
Gela Kvahilava calls on Parliament to consider a prohibition on the use asbestos-containing brake pads in Georgia.
Safer roads for tourists will also mean safer roads for everyone else.
If you’ve recently visited Greece please take part in our short survey on tourists’ perceptions of road safety in Greece.
EASST calls for better data collection as well as fresh thinking and leadership when looking at road safety and women’s needs.
The Partnership for Road Safety’s latest project aims to promote safe cycling as a viable means of daily public transport in Tbilisi.