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International best practices


Road Safety




Pedestrian Safety

   TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, has developed a method for quantifiably measuring the performance of pedestrian facilities. Although guidance exists in terms of the design for new facilities, historically there has been less effort in understanding how existing facilities perform in terms of pedestrian safety, accessibility and comfort.


The method, called PERS, divides pedestrian environments into separate components commonly found in the walking environment:

  • Sections of footway

  • Crossing points

  • Public transit stops

  • Interchanges between modes of transport

  • Public spaces

  • Walking routes

   For each component, a comprehensive set of data is collected and analyzed, based on detailed research undertaken by TRL over the past decade. The method is repeatable, results are comparable and it is used for highlighting individual and systemic performance issues.

   Often it is more cost effective for agencies to repair and replace poorly performing elements rather than designing and installing facilities from scratch. The main strength of the PERS method is the ability to understand where investment needs to be targeted, both through the provision of low- cost, quick to remedy recommendations through to the need for longer term upgrades.

   Developed with guidance from Transport for London, TRL has used the PERS method to audit over 150 miles of London’s streets to date, resulting in measurable improvements for pedestrians across the UK’s capital now and in the future, including planning for pedestrians at local, strategic and highly specialized levels.

   Understanding that basic non-motorized user requirements are the same the world over, TRL has also undertaken specialized project work across Europe, Australasia and South Africa, with a variety of success stories and lessons learnt which are relevant for agency planners, engineers and active transportation practitioners.

   All pedestrians, regardless of age and ability, require streets to be: Accessible; Permeable, and easy to move around; Easy to navigate and interpret; Safe from traffic and crime; and Clean to use. (Source: Applying International Best Practice: Measuring and Improving the Performance of Pedestrian Environments)


Public Transport Safety



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Road Safety Campaigns

1.    The Pedestrian Safety Campaign was conducted for three consecutive years for over 2000 students under the banner of the United Nations Decade of Action, sponsored by Abbott. Our interventions involved classroom training, colouring and slogan competition, pre and a post quiz on road safety, conceptualising a song and dance sequence on the theme of pedestrian crossing, partnering with local traffic police for road rallies and other awareness initiatives. Post the three- year project, there has been an appreciable drop in road injuries to the school children.

2.     Road safety lessons are needed in Educational Institutions, to inculcate the right road habits in the younger generation. Prarambh, an NGO, under its Smiles Campaign aims to inculcate the ‘Right’ behaviour towards road safety rules among students, who are the flagbearers of positive changes in society. The aim is to make them the overseer of their family’s safety where they persuade the entire family to always follow basic safety norms.

   The educational institutions are encouraged to adopt the road that connects them to the main road. Technical expertise is offered to identify the hazardous sections of the road and then draw out the corrective measures to make it ‘Most Safe’. These are shared with the institute along with the Municipal Corporation for possible correction.

   The aim is to make maximum number of ‘Road Adoptions’ by educational institutions and to instil road manners in children right from their childhood so that they grow up to become ‘Road Responsible Citizens’.

   Our achievement can be measured across Mumbai and Pune with the successful distribution of over 22,000 helmets and training over 39,000 people on Road and Pedestrian Safety.