A peer reviewed paper has been published in the Journal of Road Safety (Vol. 34, Issue 2, 2023) titled ‘Youth Participation in School Safety Zones Assessment: A Case Study in Indonesia’ and authored by Estiara Ellizar, Sukma Larastiti, Titis Efrindu Bawono, Windu Mulyana, Cahyadi Kurniawan.

Abstract: The impacts of the Manahan flyover development in front of Junior High School 1 in Surakarta City, Indonesia, increased road safety risks for the students due to poor urban mobility planning. Since its opening in late 2018, there have already been 12 crashes around the flyover, which resulted in two deaths in the two years after the opening. This research aims to assess the safety of school zones using the Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) app from the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and propose recommendations for safer road infrastructure using a youth participation approach. The students are empowered with capacity building in road safety to be able to map road problems. They were then involved in participatory design to propose safer road infrastructure which met their needs. The SR4S results can influence the government as the decision-makers to provide a safe environment around the Manahan flyover.

Key Findings:

  • Engaging youth in identifying road problems as an input for the Star Rating for Schools tool (SR4S) is meaningful for road safety planning
  • The SR4S results can be used to strengthen the participatory design results from the students
  • This can influence the government as the decision-makers to provide a safe environment
  • The combination of qualitative and quantitative data produced in the study forms a powerful basis for planned advocacy with the government.