Mobility Snapshots

20 – 26 May 2024

#CommitToAct #MakeItSafe

Join our #CommitToAct campaign and be part of a civil society movement – out on the streets in the same week across the world – to show the reality of our people’s daily journeys. Strengthen your advocacy as part of a global movement challenging how our streets are designed and for who. Every voice adds to and amplifies the power of our message globally and locally.

Mobility Snapshot concept


Taking part

It’s easy to join the campaign. Taking part will help you to advocate for road safety interventions that have been proven to save lives backed with local data.

  1. DO a Mobility Snapshot at an intersection in your community
  2. JOIN the social media campaign
  3. ADVOCATE to #MakeItSafe

Timeline

Campaign timeline

What are the Mobility Snapshots?

A Mobility Snapshot is data collected at a specific intersection in your local community. Using tools that will be provided closer to the campaign date, you will analyze how many people are using the intersection and whether life-saving road safety interventions are in place to protect those people.

Example:

Example Mobility Snapshot

What’s the campaign about?

Changing the way we see our streets

We have accepted unsafe and unsustainable streets as normal and inevitable. 

Yet, we know the proven, cost-efficient solutions to fix them.

We need to shine a light, using data to show the reality of people’s journeys to school, work, and shopping.

SAFE MOBILITY IS OUR RIGHT


We are all pedestrians

Pedestrians are among the most at-risk and overlooked road users on our streets. Yet, we are all pedestrians at some time in our daily journeys.

Walking is healthy, sustainable, equitable, and free. When safe, it is an answer to many of society’s ills.

We know the road safety implementations that can keep pedestrians safe and make their journeys more comfortable and less stressful.


30 km/h zones
Pedestrian facilities
Traffic calming

We know what works

Intersections are particularly unsafe for pedestrians. It’s where a lot of crashes occur.

Interventions that protect pedestrians and other road users at intersections are well-proven. They include 30 km/h zones, pedestrian facilities, including footpaths and pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming, such as speed bumps. Find out about the evidence base for these interventions in our Accountability Toolkit.

These interventions are simple and cost-effective, especially in relation to the money and resources that are being spent building and maintaining unsafe roads.

Investing in 30 km/h, pedestrian facilities, and traffic calming saves lives. It also has many other benefits. When people can walk safely, it can improve health, support climate targets, and make societies fairer for those who cannot afford a private vehicle. Safe roads make our communities more livable.

Road safety interventions like these have an excellent return on investment. iRAP estimates that worldwide for every US$ spent on road infrastructure like these interventions, has a US$8 return on investment through reduced health and insurance costs, loss of income and more. Check out their Safety Insights Explorer.

That’s why we are doing the Mobility Snapshots: to identify those interventions and advocate for change.

We want communities to know that their unsafety is unacceptable and demand the right interventions using data and evidence.

We want decision makers to ensure every person’s right to safe mobility and to act on evidence to protect people.


How do I take part in the #CommitToAct Mobility Snapshots?

1. Do your Mobility Snapshot

1a. Find an intersection

  1. A place that is widely known and recognizable to people near a popular train/bus station or a public transport hub or a shopping/market area AND
  2. A place that has plenty of pedestrian traffic mixing with motorized vehicles AND
  3. A place that LACKS at least one of the following:
    • formal pedestrian crossing
    • segregated footpath
    • traffic calming, such as a speed hump on approach to the intersection and/or
    • traffic lights for motorized vehicles and/or
    • Speed limit of 30 km/h or less.

1b. Check out the Mobility Snapshot tools

You can choose to do your Mobility Snapshot using either the Star Rating Mobility Snapshot tool or the Mini Mobility Snapshot tool.

We will hold a walkthrough of the Mobility Snapshot tools with iRAP on Wednesday 17 April 2024 at 14:00 CET.

1c. Do your Mobility Snapshot

During the #CommitToAct campaign week 20-26 May, go out to your selected intersection, use one of the Mobility Snapshot tools to capture the key data and submit it to be part of our global advocacy.


2. Join the campaign

Join the social media campaign by sharing:

  • Photos of where you did your Mobility Snapshot
  • Infographics with key data about your Mobility Snapshot
  • Video clips of road users describing their experience
  • Campaign banners
  • Photographs of community members with signboards and the #CommitToAct hand

Nearer to the campaign, we will share editable templates and social media banners that you can use to share your Mobility Snapshot.


3. Advocate using your Mobility Snapshot

When you have your data, you can start using it to build community demand and advocate with decision makers.

How can I get involved?

We are finalizing the tools and walkthroughs for the Mobility Snapshots. Stay tuned. If you don’t already receive communication from us, sign up HERE for our newsletter where we will share more details.


Watch the campaign walkthroughs

Frequently asked questions

I’ve never used iRAP tools before. Is it the Star Rating Mobility Snapshot tool difficult?

The Mobility Snapshot form has been adapted for people who have not used iRAP tools before. Join the walkthrough to find out more and check it out on our website [coming soon]

How long will it take to get my Star Rating?

You can expect to receive your Star Rating four weeks after the campaign week. 

Do I have to do my Mobility Snapshot between 20-26 May?

Not necessarily, but please join the social media campaign during that week. You might want to do your full Mobility Snapshot in advance and then use the campaign week for community activations at the intersection e.g. Mini Snapshots, flash mobs etc.

Do I have to do the Star Rating Mobility Snapshot?

Not necessarily. We have created a Mini Mobility Snapshot for those who do not need or want a star rating for their  advocacy but want to take part in the campa

Can I use SR4S or other tools instead of the Mobility Snapshot tool?

You can use SR4S to do your Mobility Snapshot without having to also complete the Mobility Snapshot tool. If you use other tools, please complete the Mini Snapshot tool to take part in the campaign.

Are grants available to support the Mobility Snapshots and campaigns?

NGOs can apply for a small grants to support advocacy conducted between June and November 2024 using the Mobility Snapshots. You can apply from 20 May to June and you must have already submitted your Mobility Snapshot data.

Do I have to choose an intersection that lacks facilities for pedestrians?

The aim of the campaign is to highlight how pedestrians are overlooked in road planning and design and that this is true all over the world. While you are welcome to use our tools for other purposes, the campaign focuses on those intersections where one or more evidence-based intervention is missing.