The issue of rural transport safety has been simmering in the IFRTD network for quite some time, especially in Latin America. Until now safety issues in the transport sector have overwhelmingly concentrated on roads, highways and motorised traffic. With organisations such as the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Health Organisation doing an excellent job in advocating for this major problem (it is estimated that in 2020, road accidents will be the third major cause of death in the world).
However IFRTD members have been advocating for more attention to rural transport safety issues, beyond roads. Particularly in relation to rural waterways and gender.
In February 2007 IFRTD was invited to participate in the United Nations Economic Commission for African Road Safety Congress in Ghana and to lead a panel on rural safety issues - a great opportunity for IFRTD to raise awareness of rural transport safety issues that look beyond roads.
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The Better the Road the Greater the Risk.
- In rural Madagascar Didier Young looked at safety issues on community access roads and paths, with a special focus on various means of transport including walking.
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Evaluation des Problèmes majeurs de Sécurité des Transports en Milieu Rural sur les Hauts-Plateaux de Madagascar.
- In Sri Lanka Granie Jayalath assessed safety on rural waterway crossings.
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- In Cameroon Vivien Meli carried out a small research on safety issues with female traders (“byam-salam”) on rural roads (rural-urban linkages).
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- In Rajasthan, India, Ashoke Sarkar from the Birla Institute for Technology and Science is looking at the impact of PMGSY roads on the traffic safety of school going children in rural areas.
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- Time to Broaden the Transport Safety Debate (IFRTD Jan 2007) Download (Word 162kb)
- IFRTD Forum News, edition 13.3, February 2007, Rural Transport Safety.
As there is little information available on rural transport safety outside of road safety and accidents, IFRTD is interested to explore other themes, for example:
- Safety from harassment, particularly for women/girls, relating to the design of transport services and facilities.
- Safety of poor peoples' property - eg. intermediate modes of transport.
- Safety issues on community access roads.
- Safety issues on other local infrastructure - footbridges, other water crossings, paths, tracks and water transport.