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How sustainable transport is saving lives in the developing world |

Sustainable transport initiatives have gained traction in recent years in developing-world cities. This trend can be seen in the growth in Bus Rapid Transit and Busway systems across the globe, the new bike-sharing scheme[Spanish] in Mexico City and the investment in cycling networks in Turkish cities, to name just a few examples. However, such initiatives often are developed at the expense of what should be a key component in their planning — traffic safety.
While sustainable transport initiatives are usually proposed and evaluated based on their impact on travel times, local air quality, accessibility or greenhouse gas emissions, their potential traffic safety impacts often are overlooked.
A new publication from EMBARQ highlights this issue, exploring the existing literature on the safety impacts of sustainable transport, primarily from the United States and Europe, and adding examples from Latin America and South Asia. The evidence suggests that projects that reduce traffic — such as congestion charging — and those that improve infrastructure — such as high-quality mass-transport systems — can have a positive impact on traffic safety, in addition to numerous other co-benefits.



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