#CommitToAct Streets for Life 2022 was centered around a Week of Action from 16-22 May 2022. Using CALLS TO ACTION defined by Alliance members, the Week of Action supported NGOs to engage with their national decision makers to make specific meaningful commitments for evidence-based action aligned to the Global Plan, with a particular focus on 30 km/h limits, investment for road safety, and involvement of NGOs in decision making processes.
The #CommitToAct Streets for Life Week of Action was held 16-22 May 2022.
Alliance members in at least 30 countries engaged in activities pushing for action for 30 km/h limits and other evidence-based actions, investment, and involvement of NGOs in decision making towards the target set by the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
NGOs also used the campaign to follow up and to hold their governments accountable to put their commitments into action.
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|Advocacy objective and activities
|Luchemos por la Vida Asociación Civil held meetings and round tables with high-level decision makers together with community interventions, a walk in front of the National Congress, in the City of Buenos Aires, and media and meetings with relatives of victims to create awareness and support.
Asociación Madres del Dolor held events in the national congress, one in the city of Buenos Aires, and one with the mayor that first adopted 30k in Argentina.
MINU Asociación Civil used the regional call to action and an open letter to build support among NGOs and to advocate with City of Buenos Aires decision makers. In addition to this they participated in an event organized by the City of Buenos Aires with a stand with information and activities around: i) 30km/h speed limits, ii) distracted driving, and iii) drunk driving.
ONG Bien Argentino presented a proposal for a mobility law in Neuquen to reduce speed limits to 30km/h and BAC level to 0,0.
|BRAC had local level campaigns among students and teachers alongside national level campaigns through opinion pieces and blogs to reach policy-makers and the public.
Eakok Attomanobik Unnayan Sangstha held a road-show for establishing the speed limit to 30 km on a certain bypass road entering Dhaka city and meetings were held with national decision makers.
|ONG Alinagnon held sessions to sensitize the populations of the 3rd District of Cotonou on the speed limit of 30 km/h in school zones and an advocacy meeting with officials of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to push for their participation in the HLM.
|SORSA held a round table meeting to lobby for 30 km/h enforcement and implementation around schools alongside a social media campaign to advocate for 30 km/h around schools, targeting those next to busy roads.
|Fundación Por la Vía Por la Vida – Liga Contra La Violencia Vial had a digital communications campaign and social media to encourage candidates to make public their plans for road safety alongside an activation in the streets.
|OJISER held meetings with local and national decision makers.
|CAVAT held a round table with the Minister of Transport and Public Works at the Ministry headquarters to talk about a 30 km/h zone.
|Following the recent policy change for 25 km/h limits around schools in the State of Punjab, Avoid Accident held meetings with state and city decision makers to discuss a comprehensive action plan for implementation.
Indian Head Injury Foundation held an awareness campaign among the local community and a meeting with decision makers to call for notification and implementation of speed limits to 30 km/h around school zones and residential areas.
People’s Trust Jaipur: Asia Pacific Call to Action was used in meetings with state decision makers and a social media campaign was conducted to advocate for strict enforcement of 25 km/h speed limit law in Rajasthan.
SAFE India held a meeting with state-level decision makers to whom the Asia Pacific Call to Action was handed over and a call for commitment for 20 km/h /30 km/h speed limits around school, market, hospital areas was made.
WOCHET held a meeting with national and state level decision makers to discuss enforcement of good regulations for prevention of road crashes with a focus on enforcement of the 30 km/h speed limit in schools, hospitals, markets and other high-risk zones.
|Road Safety Association will hold a meeting with decision makers for a commitment for a regional budget for the procurement of 30 km/h signs in residential areas, with three pilot areas.
|Road Safety Pioneers had an event with the presence of city road safety decision makers and National Road Safety Commission in a school with a focus on 30 km/h speed limits around schools and improvement of safe crossing facilities.
|IRVA held a 10km Walk in Clara, Offaly, in remembrance of those killed and injured by road crashes. In addition to this, they held a meeting with decision makers in Garda HQ to discuss issues of ongoing concern and to receive their commitment to take action to remedy.
|Public Association Road Safety held a meeting with Dastan Bekeshev. MP of Kyrgyz Parliament to discuss 30km/h policy and a roundtable meeting with participation of decision makers to explain the importance of introducing 30 km/h near educational institutions/schools or on black spots or spots where people mix with traffic. Additionally, they carried out two events with school children, school administrations and Road Inspectors in schools number 5 and 67 in Bishkek.
|Adel Metni Foundation held a meeting with municipal mayors to request that 30 km/h speed limits be applied and to publicly endorse the 30 km/h limits. Campaign also included online visuals and awareness sessions.
|Road Safety Alert Foundation’s held meetings to hand over the Global Action Plan to the Minister of Transport and Head of the Road Traffic Department, to lobby for NGO involvement in decision making processes and adopt and start implementing the Love30km/h.
|Safe Kids Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia held a series of meetings with the – Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (JPJ), as well as other stakeholders to create awareness about the importance of 30km/h speed limit zones outside of schools.
|Presentation to the publication “Analysis of public space usage” which covers the importance of low speed zones where people and traffic mix.
|Namibia Road Safety Forum: At a meeting with the regional Governor with representatives from the police, Ministry of Health and Social Services, local authorities, and Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, a committee was established to arrange a symposium where each entity is requested to pledge their commitment to road safety, including 30 km/h around schools and densely populated areas.
|Swatantrata Abhiyan Nepal with other local organizations organized a round table discussion on “The Role of Academia for Safer Mobility” at Central Department of Population, Tribhuvan University on 23rd May 2022. There was also a discussion on the need for a 30 km/h speed limit in school and hospital zones. The academia representatives focused on the need to lobby and advocate with policy makers for consumer friendly road construction and to develop a 30 km/h culture in the city area as well as the use of helmets for safety.
|Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) Foundation held a meeting with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) for the provision of adequate road signages around schools in Jos city and seeking endorsement from decision makers for 30 km/h speed limits around schools in Nigeria.
|Center for Development Innovation held a dialogue with policy makers and parliamentarians/local elected representatives of different political parties and submission of a draft bill for speed reduction.
Road Safety Council of Pakistan’s campaign focused on addressing the challenges in the urban areas and how marginalized communities suffer because of the lack of enforcement of these laws and included a roundtable discussion with local and national decision makers and police.
|Orienting ONGD: a national awareness campaign regarding the already implemented traffic regulation of the speed limit of 30 km/h to increase compliance with it and a road safety art competition in schools in the north of Peru.
|Healthy People Rwanda held meetings with national decision makers, school and hospital leaders. Publications, newspaper articles and a social media campaign.
|LASER International held events chaired by different ministers including minister of Transport, minister of Infrastructure and transport and minister of Work and employment gathering over 810 stakeholders. They used the events to launch the #CommitToAct week and engage stakeholders to be the campaign Task force. In addition, they had a walk for road safety alongside ambassadors Didier AWADI and Daara J Family who committed to the national campaign. They also held demonstrations with artists who created a scenic 30km/h graffiti that’s to be signed by the authorities.
|SADD: Celebration of a commitment completed for 30 km/h limits at pick up and drop off times around schools in a Cape Town suburb, seeking further 30 km/h zones, and pushing for sidewalks on a stretch of road commonly used by pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. City authorities committed to traffic calming measures outside all schools in Cape Town and have started already. #Love30km campaign in Kommetjie. Painting & erecting the specially painted surfboards with the #Love30km, #StreetsForLife logos, done by school children, educators, young surfers, prominent artists in strategic places.
|Road Safety Ambassadors: Visited schools located along the roads where they held awareness sessions with teachers and students about safer roads aspects and the need to actively report road incidents which will awaken decision makers to enact bylaws on speed limits in their respective areas. This was also meant to create local demand for a 30kph speed limit by both students and their teachers. It also gave the policy makers who accompanied them a platform to hear challenges faced by students. They covered over 15 schools in the company of traffic police, Ward Councilor, Chairman of the regional road safety committee, and officers from Tanzania National Roads Agency.
Helmet Vaccine Initiative Tanzania: Held an event at a school to seek commitment from decision makers for 30 km/h limits along school zones in the Municipal Council. It was attended by the Municipal Council Mr. Daud Sigalla from Tanzania Rural and Urban Road Authority (TARURA) of Kigamboni.
|Les Ambassadeurs de la Sécurité Routière held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Government who expressed her support for the right of people to safe mobility by accepting the NGO Declaration and an event at a primary school in collaboration with traffic police to mobilize support for 30 km/h limits.
|Responsive Drivers Uganda – ReDU held community mobilization and dialogue around hotspot areas/ zones including schools and market places. Influential meetings with City and Division mayors, City Engineer, Uganda National Roads Authority, City Education Officer), enforcers (Police Traffic) were organized with focus towards the 30 km/h limit in Gulu city.
Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organization &
Hope for Victims of Traffic Accidents (HOVITA): Among other activities, a meeting with parliamentarians who gave their support as champions for 30 km/h legislation, investment in road safety, and involvement of NGOs.
|Zambia Road Safety Trust: Following the successful advocacy of the 30km/h speed law in 2020, their campaign was mainly focused on the enforcement and awareness campaign on the 30km/h speed limit in Lusaka City Council in partnership with the police and local agencies to reduce speeding-related fatal and injury-causing crashes.
|Road Safe Zimbabwe Trust: A social activation for 30 km/hr at a primary school pedestrian crossing was organized and a meeting held with the mayor of the city of Harare.
The Alliance was present at the OECD International Transport Forum (ITF) Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The ITF Annual Summit is attended every year by Ministers, heads of road agencies, engineers and practitioners, corporates, and civil society. It offers an opportunity to reach beyond road safety practitioners to the wider transport sector and as such was an opportunity for the Alliance to represent the voice of NGOs outside the traditional road safety community among transport decision makers with an influence on road safety. The theme of this year’s event was Transport for Inclusive Societies.
Lotte Brondum spoke at the Ministerial Round Table on Meeting the Road Safety Challenge: Halving the Deaths and Injuries by 2030. Her message to Ministers centered around political will, accountability and the actions that are needed to achieve the 2030 target. Read her remarks and perspectives HERE.
Implementing the Global Plan: Second Decade of Action for Road Safety: Capacity building, monitoring and research and the roles of non-state actors was a side event, organized by the Alliance, in collaboration with the Global Road Safety Partnerhsip (GRSP) and Johns Hopkins University. In the first panel, Matts Aker-Belin, WHO; Abdul Bachani, Johns Hopkins University; and Jessica Truong, Towards Zero Foundation, discussed building capacity among road safety professionals. A second panel, including Nicholas Beaumont, Michelin; Lotte Brondum; and Soumita Chakraborty, Global Youth Coalition, discussed the importance of involving non-state actors in road safety design, planning, and implementation. The session was moderated by Nhan Tran, WHO.
The Alliance held a livestreams session from the FIA booth at the ITF Summit showcased the benefits of implementing 30 km/h limits where people move, live, and play. It featured a panel comprising Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation; Ferry Smith, FIA; and Rafaela Machado, iRAP.
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