Image credit: Vision Zero for Youth
Our congratulations to the Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Claudia López for receiving the 2021 International Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award.
The Mayor of Bogotá has set specific goals are to reduce by 20% overall fatalities in the city, and to reduce by 20% the number of youth fatalities (teenagers and young adults between 14 and 28 years old). Both goals are to be reached in the four years of the current government (from 2020 to 2024).
We are pleased to have supported local partners, through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), in their efforts to improve safer journeys for children and youth in the city.
Creating safer journeys to and from schools for children – using the Star Rating for Schools tool
In 2018, as part of the city’s Vision Zero approach, the Bogota Mobility Secretariat launched their 2,000th safe school zone. Given the results of the risk evaluation and local conditions, dangerous locations were prioritized, and as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), in partnership with the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and NACTO-GDCI, the Mobility Secretariat started a pilot project testing countermeasures with temporary materials to verify their impact.
Cones and plants were introduced to create safe pedestrian crossings to the school, protect vulnerable users and enforce motorised vehicles to travel at a safe speed. After adjusting detailed designs and meeting with the community to discuss impressions and results, a permanent solution was implemented leading to improvements from 2- and 3-stars to 4- and 5-star safety.
Read the Bogota, Colombia Star Rating for Schools Case Study here
We congratulate Bogota and the SoM for their prioritisation of vulnerable road users, providing safer spaces for the community to walk and cycle.
Read more on the Award here https://www.visionzeroforyouth.org/stories/bogota-colombia/
Read more on iRAP’s contribution to the project here: