Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Ten Cities & Five Countries for Funding

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winning cities and countries selected to participate in a new phase of the foundation’s Initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes. With a new commitment of $125 million over five years, the programme will work at both the national level to strengthen road safety legislation and the city level implementing proven road safety interventions. Twenty invited cities participated in the competition with ten cities and five countries selected as official participants in the programme. The five countries selected to receive technical support to review and strengthen road safety legislation include China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Tanzania. The ten cities are:

1. Accra, Ghana;

2. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

3. Bandung, Indonesia;

4. Bangkok, Thailand;

5. Bogota, Colombia;

6. Fortaleza, Brazil;

7. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;

8. Mumbai, India;

9. Sao Paolo, Brazil; and

10. Shanghai, China.

The selected cities will receive:

• Senior-level, full-time staff to work within city governments on their road safety initiatives for up to 5 years

• Comprehensive technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations

• Training for police officers and other relevant city staff

• Support to create hard-hitting mass media campaigns

“We can prevent millions of road traffic fatalities and injuries through stronger laws, more effective enforcement and better infrastructure. The 10 cities selected to participate in our next five-year road safety program have demonstrated a commitment to this work, and we are excited to support them,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Road traffic deaths will become increasingly common in the years ahead, unless we take decisive action now to prevent them.”

The proposals that cities submitted detailed how they plan to address road safety by applying solutions to a number of challenges including improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, increasing awareness through graphic media campaigns and increasing police enforcement to combat drinking and driving and speeding as well as encouraging the use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. Infrastructure solutions such as widened sidewalks and improved pedestrian crossings are also included in the cities’ proposals. With assistance from the world’s leading experts in road safety, winning cities will establish an elite network of visionary municipal leaders who commit to implementing bold, new efforts to save lives and protect their citizens from road traffic injuries.

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